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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Adam Wainwright retires the side 1-2-3 in the 4th. If you're wondering how long Wainwright can go, here's what he said after throwing 1.2 innings in game 2: "I’m cleared for 2 or 3 innings now. That number could change as we go further into playoffs, so we’ll wait and see how my role evolves...I feel great. I could certainly have gone three tonight no problem."

Lackey done after three innings

The Cardinals used Tommy Phan as a pinch hitter for John Lackey in the 4th inning. Lackey finishes the game allowing 4 runs to the Cubs and striking out 5 over 3 innings, down 4-2. Adam Wainwright is now in for his third appearance in this series. Follow live


Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

What an inning for Grimm. Strikes out the side after a walk by Hammel and error by Bryant. 4-2 Bot 4

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Great note from the Elias Sports Bureau. That Javier Baez HR was the first postseason HR allowed by John Lackey in 8 years & 74 2/3 IP. Longest postseason streak by a starter since Whitey Forc's 82 1/3-IP streak from 1956-62!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon pulled Jason Hammel after a leadoff walk in the 3rd while leading 4-2. Least surprised might be Hammel. Maddon has done this to him several times in the 2nd half w early hooks.

Cubs give Hammel early hook

Cubs starter Jason Hammel is out of the game in the 4th inning after allowing a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta. Justin Grimm is now in, looking to preserve Chicago's 4-2 lead over St. Louis. Follow live

Baez breaks up Lackey's streak

Prior to allowing a HR to Javier Baez, John Lackey had not allowed a homer in his last 74 2/3 postseason innings. It's the longest homerless streak in postseason play by a pitcher who was primarily a starter since Whitey Ford (82 1/3) from 1956 to 1962. (via Elias)


Youth bringing big bats for Cubs

With Javier Baez's dinger, Chicago is the first team in postseason history to have four different players, age 23 or younger, homer in a single postseason.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

J.P. Howell said the dodgers aren't thinking about anything but the first pitch and getting the series back to L.A.


Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch played it coy today when asked if staff ace Dallas Keuchel could pitch in relief in Game 5 of the ALDS. "I'm going to have all hands on deck," Hinch said. "We know it's a win-or-go-home game. Whether or not Keuchel is available or what the plan is, we'll have to tune in tomorrow night to find out.'' Keuchel threw 124 pitches in a 4-2 win over the Royals Sunday.

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Starting SS can't start cause of an injury and back-up hits a 3 run shot in first AB of the day. Depth upon depth here

Cubs storm into lead in second inning

After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Hammel helped himself out with an RBI single. Then Javier Baez put Chicago in the lead with a three-run homer -- his first postseason HR. The Cubs lead 4-2. Follow live

Piscotty makes early splash for Cards

Stephen Piscotty became the first Cardinal with three HRs in his first four postseason games and soaked some Cubs fans in the process. St. Louis leads 2-0 in the second inning. Follow live


Cano underwent surgery on Tuesday

The Mariners 2B had a procedure to repair a right side and a left side core muscle injury, the team announced. He will need six weeks of recovery time and will likely return at full pace by the start of spring training in February.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Jason Hammel gives up a 2 run HR in the first inning. It's by far his worst inning as he had a 5.23 regular season ERA in first innings this year. Cubs trail early.

Cardinals strike early in Game 4

With its back against the wall, St. Louis jumped on Chicago starter Jason Hammel when Stephen Piscotty launched his third home run of the postseason, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Follow live

Cardinals at Cubs in Game 4 of NLDS

Chicago sends Jason Hammel to the mound in search of its first NLCS appearance since 2003. St. Louis counters with John Lackey, who tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' Game 1 win, their only win of the series. Follow live

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals are getting max ROI from John Lackey. Thanks to a leftover contract quirk from his time in Boston, the 14-year vet - who led St. Louis in starts and innings and will pitch on 3 days rest today - has a base salary of just 507K. The clause called for Lackey, who earned $15.3 million last year, to revert to league minimum in 2015 because he missed all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Bautista is not napping, he's stretching