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Tony La Russa and the Diamondbacks have officially parted ways.

The writing was on the wall last winter when the Diamondbacks restructured their front office and demoted La Russa from chief baseball officer to "chief baseball analyst and advisor." He had a nearly four-year run in Arizona, after spending over three decades as a manager of the White Sox (1979-1986), Athletics (1986-1995), and Cardinals (1996-2011). "I am grateful to everyone in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for the opportunity to complete my baseball education," La Russa said in a statement Wednesday.
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

Willson Contreras (forearm) is expected to be ready for Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Contreras made an early exit from Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Dodgers after taking a Mike Montgomery pitch off his forearm in the top of the eighth inning. Barring significant overnight swelling, the 25-year-old catcher should be near the heart of the Cubs' order on Wednesday with the season on the line. Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 8:54 AM

Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Jansen was brought into a 6-1 game after Ross Stripling gave up back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the ninth and the hard-throwing closer needed just 12 total pitches to put out the fire and seal the big Game 3 victory for Los Angeles. Jansen has not allowed a run in the 2017 postseason and he holds a 12/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
Oct 18 - 12:49 AM

Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer and drew a walk in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.

Schwarber gave Chicago an early 1-0 lead with his opposite-field solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first inning, but the Cubs wouldn't score another run in the 6-1 defeat at Wrigley Field. They're now down 0-3 to Los Angeles in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:46 AM

Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a home run Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 win over the Cubs.

Ethier got Los Angeles on the board with a game-tying solo shot to right field in the top of the second inning before hitting a single to center in the top of the fifth. The veteran outfielder was making his first start of the 2017 postseason and it was a surprise to see him batting fifth in this one, but he certainly rewarded manager Dave Roberts' trust.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Yu Darvish worked 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Darvish gave up an opposite-field solo homer to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the first inning but settled in nicely from there, needing just 81 total pitches to secure 19 outs. He struck out seven and issued only one walk. Darvish also tallied his first career postseason RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth. That manager Dave Roberts let the longtime American Leaguer hit for himself in that spot is indicative of how sharp he looked. Darvish boasts a 1.59 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 14/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings (two starts) this postseason and Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs -- three earned -- over five-plus innings Tuesday as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Kyle Schwarber put Chicago ahead 1-0 with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning, but Hendricks couldn't make it stick. Andre Ethier went yard in the top of the second and then Chris Taylor took the game over for the visiting Dodgers, homering in the top of the third and smacking an RBI triple in the top of the fifth. Los Angeles went on to win 6-1, jumping out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Chris Taylor hit a solo homer and an RBI triple Tuesday in the Dodgers' 6-1 NLCS Game 3 defeat of the Cubs.

Chicago struck first on a Kyle Schwarber solo shot in the bottom of the first, but Andre Ethier answered with a solo blast of his own in the top of the second and then Taylor went to work, giving Los Angeles the lead and a cushion with his dinger in the third and triple in the fifth. The versatile 27-year-old boasts a 1.019 OPS with two home runs, four RBI, and six runs scored through six postseason games. And the Dodgers are now one win away from sweeping the Cubs in the National League Championship Series and advancing to their first World Series since 1988.
Oct 18 - 12:41 AM

Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that the Rockies are "expected" to pursue a reunion with impending free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy told reporters in early September that he would "absolutely" be interested in returning to Colorado, so there's some mutual affection here. The veteran backstop finished strong after the July 30 trade that sent him from the Rangers to the Rockies, slashing .310/.429/.437 over his final 46 games. He hit just .242/.297/.338 over his first 77 games this season with Texas.
Oct 17 - 8:01 PM

Corey Seager (back) worked out in the weight room on Tuesday.

And he might begin playing catch on Wednesday. Seager was left off the Dodgers' roster for the National League Championship Series, but the young shortstop is aiming to return for the World Series if Los Angeles can finish off the Cubs and advance. He injured his back in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks.
Oct 17 - 7:54 PM

Andre Ethier is starting in left field and batting fifth in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

It's the first start of the 2017 postseason for Ethier. Here is the full lineup for the Dodgers, who will try to go up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series against the Cubs and right-handed starter Kyle Hendricks: Chris Taylor SS, Cody Bellinger 1B, Justin Turner 3B, Yasiel Puig RF, Andre Ethier LF, Chase Utley 2B, Austin Barnes C, Joc Pederson CF, Yu Darvish SP.
Oct 17 - 5:10 PM

Javier Baez is out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Baez is 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts and two walks so far in the 2017 playoffs. Ben Zobrist will start at second base and bat leadoff Tuesday night against Los Angeles right-hander Yu Darvish.
Oct 17 - 4:16 PM

Ben Zobrist is batting leadoff for the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

It's a somewhat new-look lineup for the Cubs, who are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series and facing right-hander Yu Darvish on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field: Ben Zobrist 2B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Jon Jay CF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Kyle Hendricks SP.
Oct 17 - 4:12 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that former Rockies manager Walt Weiss "is among the possible replacements" to be added to the Braves' coaching staff.

Bowman says Weiss could be the team's new bench coach, replacing Terry Pendleton. First base coach Eddie Perez and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez are also candidates to be let go, although the club hasn't announced any staff changes yet. Weiss didn't coach anywhere this season after managing the Rockies from 2013-16.
Oct 17 - 11:44 AM

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals and manager Dusty Baker "had worked toward an extension" at midseason before "negotiations sputtered."

Svrluga says the reason talks broke down is because of a story that came out in which Baker expressed frustration an extension hadn't been worked out yet, and that "displeased the ownership group of the Lerner family." He adds that before the NLDS a deal was supposed to still get done, but that, of course, was before the Nats failed to win a postseason series yet again. Baker has led Washington to two division titles in his two years as manager, but they've fallen in NLDS Game 5 both times. The Nationals are known to take hard stances in contract negotiations with managers (it's why talks with Bud Black broke down two years ago and they wound up hiring Baker), and no skipper has lasted three full seasons since the team arrived in D.C. in 2005. It appears that Baker returning is truly up in the air at this point.
Oct 17 - 11:09 AM



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