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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

Aroldis Chapman closed out Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday against the Astros with a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Chapman struck out two of the three batters he faced, needing only 10 total pitches to seal a 6-4 comeback victory for the Yankees. The flame-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.13 ERA and 16/2 K/BB ratio through eight innings this postseason and he has racked up three saves in three opportunities.
Oct 17 - 9:09 PM

Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run double Tuesday in the Astros' ALCS Game 4 loss to the Yankees.

Gurriel cleared the bases and put the Astros up 3-0 with his drive to left field in the top of the sixth, but he was thrown out trying to advance to third and the Cuban slugger finished the game 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. New York would answer with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and four more in the bottom of the eighth to win the game 6-4.
Oct 17 - 9:06 PM

Ken Giles allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while securing only one out as the Astros dropped Game 4 of the ALCS to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Giles was called into action with two men on and zero outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the Astros leading 4-2. Not only could he not put out the fire, but he stoked it even further. Houston's bullpen has been abysmal so far in this postseason and the American League Championship Series is now tied 2-2.
Oct 17 - 9:02 PM

Sonny Gray yielded two runs -- one earned -- over five-plus innings Tuesday as the Yankees earned a comeback victory over the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Gray was cruising until the top of the sixth, when he issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to George Springer and Josh Reddick reached on a catcher's interference call. David Robertson entered the game at that point and eventually served up a bases-loaded three-run double to Yuli Gurriel. The messy frame seemed to doom the Yankees, but the Baby Bombers roared back for two runs in the bottom of the seventh and four more in the bottom of the eighth to win Game 4 by a score of 6-4. Gray allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out four.
Oct 17 - 8:58 PM

Lance McCullers allowed just one run over six-plus innings but the Astros fell to the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

McCullers held the Yankees to one hit over six scoreless frames to open Tuesday night's game, but Aaron Judge launched a majestic solo shot to open the bottom of the seventh and the floodgates completely parted in the bottom of the eighth as New York went on to steal a 6-4 comeback victory in the Bronx. McCullers gave up just two hits in all. He walked two and struck out three.
Oct 17 - 8:53 PM

Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI double as the Yankees beat the Astros 6-4 in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night in the Bronx.

Astros starter Lance McCullers pitched dominantly for the first six innings, but Judge led off the bottom of the seventh with a towering blast over the center field wall to get the Yankees on the board. Judge then banged a line drive off a fan's hand in left field to score Jacoby Ellsbury in the Yankees' four-run bottom of the eighth. The American League Championship Series is all tied up at 2-2.
Oct 17 - 8:50 PM

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


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