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10/21/2016 | New approach against lefties big key for Hendricks

How did Kyle Hendricks manage to improve so much despite strikeout and walk totals that didn't really change? By making changes to handle his one big weakness: left-handed hitters.

10/21/2016 | Lucky No. 7? Cubs 0-6 since '45 in potential NLCS clinchers

The Cubs are one win away from claiming their first National League pennant in 71 years, but they've been in this position before, only to come up short.

10/21/2016 | Heyward should start Game 6 in right field

It took 4 hours, 16 minutes to play Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and the time spent watching Jason Heyward bat must have seemed like a horror film for Cubs fans.

10/21/2016 | How to attack Kershaw? Cubs must be aggressive

How can the Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw? Easier said than done, but to start with, they'll need to be far more aggressive than they were in Game 2 of the NLCS, when they watched entirely too many first pitch strikes fly by.

10/21/2016 | Pitch perfect: Rest of NLCS could feature best

As the National League Championship Series shifts back to Chicago with the Cubs up, 3-2, four of the best pitchers in the league are set to start if the Dodgers manage to force a decisive Game 7.

10/21/2016 | Ross' storybook career nearing its end

Though he comes to bat while the words of Alphaville's "Forever Young" echo throughout Wrigley Field, David Ross understands there is no freezing time now.

10/21/2016 | 'Designated yo-yo' Zobrist an asset for Cubs

Early in his career, Ben Zobrist was what he calls the "designated yo-yo," bouncing from the Majors to the Minors as he tried to win a spot on the Rays. If it weren't for an offseason phone call from manager Joe Maddon telling him to show up at Spring Training with six different gloves, Zobrist might be sitting on the couch watching the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

10/21/2016 | Cubs poised to finally end streak, reach WS

As an old Cubs fan (before a pitstop with the Big Red Machine after the family moved to Cincinnati during the late 1960s) we've been here before.

10/21/2016 | Gonzalez again at center of replays

When Adrian Gonzalez tried to jump-start a Dodgers rally late in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday, Javier Baez -- who else? -- was there to quash it. The Cubs' young second baseman came up with yet another postseason defensive gem in the Cubs' 8-4 win at Dodger Stadium.

10/21/2016 | DYK: Facts and figures from NLCS Game 5

Following back-to-back shutout losses, the Cubs rolled to their second straight win, 8-4, on Thursday night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.

10/21/2016 | 'Fired-up' Lester stifles Dodgers' bats

The Dodgers danced on the basepaths behind him, feigned bunts in front of him, but, in the middle of it all, Jon Lester dismissed the distraction and promptly stared down the Dodgers to pitch the Cubs to within one win of the World Series.

10/21/2016 | Oct. 20 Lester, Baez, Russell postgame interview

A postgame interview with the Cubs' Jon Lester, Javier Baez and Addison Russell.

10/21/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Why didn't LA run?

Kiké Hernandez danced off first base in the first inning. He jumped, he bobbed, he shimmied, and he generally dared Cubs starter Jon Lester to do what everyone at Dodger Stadium knew Lester cannot consistently do. The left-hander's troubles throwing to the bases are so widely known that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was comfortable telling a room full of reporters before his team's 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series that the plan against Lester was to bunt and take huge leads on the basepaths in an effort to "get in his psyche a little bit."

10/21/2016 | Good Baez, Hollywood: 2B a hit, not hurt

Javier Baez seemed to be a star in the making early on this postseason, helping the Cubs dispatch the Giants with multiple game-winning hits and several defensive gems. Now, he is playing like a star already made.

10/21/2016 | Cubs are 1 Wrigley W shy of historic WS

Joe Maddon made the right moves in Game 5 of the NLCS and has the Cubs on the verge of advancing to the World Series. But lurking in the shadows is "the best there ever was," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

10/21/2016 | Jon artist: Ace, bats have Cubs on cusp

The Cubs are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945 after their 8-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series, three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Wrigley Field.

10/20/2016 | Russell mania! Cub's HR breaks tie in 6th

Addison Russell, who belted a two-run homer to break out of a 1-for-25 slump in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, connected for another two-run shot in Game 5 on Thursday, this one putting the Cubs ahead of the Dodgers, 3-1, in the sixth inning.

10/20/2016 | Tale of the Tape: Kershaw, Hendricks rematch

Clayton Kershaw vs. Kyle Hendricks went the Dodgers' way in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, but the Cubs will get another crack at it Saturday at Wrigley Field.

10/20/2016 | Oct. 20 Joe Maddon postgame interview

A postgame interview with Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

10/20/2016 | Hendricks gets chance to pitch Cubs to WS

Already the oft-overlooked member of the Cubs' stellar starting staff, Kyle Hendricks will head into the biggest start of his career with the spotlight shining brightly on someone else.

10/20/2016 | Rizzo stays hot, sparks Cubs in 1st inning

After opening the postseason in a 2-for-28 slump, Anthony Rizzo followed up a three-hit performance on Wednesday with an RBI double on a two-hit night Thursday, and the Cubs rolled to an 8-4 victory in Game 5 of the NLCS.

10/20/2016 | Rizzo uses Szczur's bat, sparks Maddon's memory

Matt Szczur may run out of bats, and he's not even on the Cubs' postseason roster. Anthony Rizzo borrowed one of Szczur's bats on Wednesday after striking out in his first two at-bats, and then hit a home run in the Cubs' 10-2 romp over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

10/20/2016 | NLCS Game 5 starting lineups: Cubs vs. Dodgers

The National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the Dodgers resumes tonight at 8 ET at Dodger Stadium. With the best-of-seven series tied at two games apiece, here are the starting lineups for Game 5.

10/20/2016 | Knock on wood: Szczur's bat brings Rizzo luck

As Anthony Rizzo moved into the on-deck circle to take some dry swings ahead of his fifth-inning leadoff at-bat, Matt Szczur found himself doing a double-take from the dugout. Rizzo, after striking out his first two times up, had Szczur's bat in hand.

10/20/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Cubs' key throws

As the Cubs' offense continued to sputter early in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night, the club's defense made a pair of crucial throws to keep the Dodgers from pulling ahead.

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