3 reasons Cubs can come back in NLCS

3 reasons Cubs can come back in NLCS

CHICAGO -- Certainly the Cubs, of all teams, understand that a 2-0 series deficit is hardly insurmountable. Joe Maddon's club rallied from a 3-1 hole in the 2016 World Series to beat the Indians, and from a 2-1 deficit in last year's National League Championship Series to topple the Dodgers.

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Hendricks, Cubs can halve NLCS deficit in G3

Hendricks, Cubs can halve NLCS deficit in G3

The Dodgers still haven't lost this postseason, and now they take their two-game lead in the hunt for a pennant on the road, where the Cubs hope their opportunistic opponent finally runs into a brick wall.

• NLCS Game 3: Tonight, 9 p.m. ET/8 CT/6 PT on TBS

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Fire ravages Cossins' California community

Cubs' Minor League coordinator focused on relief efforts for Santa Rosa devastation

Fire ravages Cossins' California community

CHICAGO -- Tim Cossins was supposed to be in the Dominican Republic this week to start the Cubs' instructional league. Instead, he's trying to save his home in Northern California from burning.

"You hear that guy on TV say, 'I never thought it would happen to me,' and that's how I feel," Cossins said Sunday. "We got punched right in the face."

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Maddon: 'Keep believing' in Cubs' comeback

Chicago's 2017 postseason struggles 'eerily similar' to experience in '16

Maddon: 'Keep believing' in Cubs' comeback

CHICAGO -- There are dilemmas and there are easy decisions, right?

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Maddon couldn't care less about snarky jabs

Maddon couldn't care less about snarky jabs

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows he has his critics, but he couldn't care less.

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Edwards turns page on DS with scoreless outing

Cubs righty K's 3 in NLCS Game 2 after posting a 23.14 ERA vs. Nats

Edwards turns page on DS with scoreless outing

CHICAGO -- All you had to do was look in Carl Edwards Jr.'s eyes on Sunday to know the Cubs reliever has his confidence back.

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Cubs counting on reliable Hendricks at Wrigley

Righty takes strong playoff resume into Game 3 start with Chicago down 2-0 in NLCS

Cubs counting on reliable Hendricks at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Of Major League Baseball's four best starting pitchers since midseason, two of them -- Stephen Strasburg and Corey Kluber -- are home for the winter. The third, Justin Verlander, gave the Astros one of the best games of his life Saturday, putting Houston on a potential collision course with the American League pennant.

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Oct. 16 Joe Maddon workout day interview

Oct. 16 Joe Maddon workout day interview

Q. You've had an enormous amount of second-guessers both on social media and wherever after last night. What do you say to them today?

JOE MADDON: Doesn't matter. Listen, when you run a baseball -- first of all, social media, the moment I start worrying about that, I really need to retire. Second of all, that was all pre-determined last night again. Wade was not warming up to come in the game. Wade was probably just testing his arm at that point. We had talked about it before the game, up and in, for those that aren't involved in Major League Baseball and professional baseball in general, when a guy's throwing too much, it's very important to not dry hump him, as the saying goes. Get him up and put him back down and bring him back in later. So I wasn't going to do that. So Wade knew that going into the game it was going to be with the say. We caught the lead, he's in the game. So whatever the narrative is, it's really a false narrative. He was not coming into that game until we grabbed the lead. He was not going to pitch more than three outs. That's it.

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Oct. 16 Kyle Hendricks workout day interview

Oct. 16 Kyle Hendricks workout day interview

Q. Is it a different mindset early on that "I've got to get through this"?

KYLE HENDRICKS: Not really. It's just another thing that's an extraneous factor. At the end of the day, you have to focus on what you can control. So for me, that's just making good pitches. Our lineup, I got the utmost faith in our guys that they're going to swing the bat well. But, yeah, when you're struggling, a 0-0 ballgame, you just can't give in, I think, no matter what. You'd almost rather walk a guy than give in on a 3-1 count something like that. But you have to have a careful mindset, I think, because one pitch could be the difference in the game.

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Cubs can't gain LA split; NLCS shifts to Wrigley

Cubs can't gain LA split; NLCS shifts to Wrigley

LOS ANGELES -- Even at age 90, Tom Lasorda knows a historic home run when he sees one. The Hall of Fame manager said Justin Turner's walk-off three-run homer that gave the Dodgers a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium and a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series reminded him of the one Kirk Gibson hit into immortality in Game 1 of the World Series 29 years ago to the day.

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Maddon explains why Cubs turned to Lackey

Chicago down 2-0 in NLCS without using All-Star closer Davis

Maddon explains why Cubs turned to Lackey

LOS ANGELES -- Old-school-baseball convention dictates that teams should hold their closers for save situations. New-school strategy suggests that closers, who are generally their teams' best relievers, should pitch in tie games regardless of the inning.

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Russell not intimidated by postseason stage

Shortstop has 19 RBIs, the most in club playoff history

Russell not intimidated by postseason stage

LOS ANGELES -- Addison Russell knocked in the only run for the Cubs in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Sunday night, and his home run moved him atop the Cubs' all-time list for postseason RBIs.

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Maddon, Cubs recognize bats need to do more

Dodgers have stymied offense, particularly Bryant/Rizzo combination

Maddon, Cubs recognize bats need to do more

LOS ANGELES -- They're batting a combined .166 with one home run between them so far in the postseason. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant aren't the only ones scuffling on the Cubs, but the Dodgers have definitely stymied the pair.

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DYK? Facts, figures about NLCS Game 2

Turner, Russell add to lofty postseason stats

DYK? Facts, figures about NLCS Game 2

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Despite plate struggles, Baez contributing

2nd baseman maintaining positive attitude, playing strong defense

Despite plate struggles, Baez contributing

LOS ANGELES -- Last year, Javier Baez was co-Most Valuable Player in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. This postseason has been a different story for the Cubs' second baseman.

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NLCS Game 2: Joe Maddon postgame interview

NLCS Game 2: Joe Maddon postgame interview

Q. Was Wade unavailable, and if he was available, why was he not used either to start the 9th inning or certainly when the lineup turned around to the top of it?

JOE MADDON: Because I really just needed him for the save tonight. He had limited pitches. It was one inning only, and in these circumstances you don't get him up and then don't get him in. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That's it.

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Maddon, Torre to discuss play at plate

Maddon, Torre to discuss play at plate

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Maddon will meet with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's chief baseball operator, to discuss the Cubs manager's argument in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday, which resulted in his ejection.

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Cubs-Dodgers NLCS G2: In Real Life

Cubs-Dodgers NLCS G2: In Real Life

The Dodgers defended home field through two games of the National League Championship Series, beating the Cubs, 4-1. The NLCS presented by Camping World continues on Tuesday night from Wrigley Field. MLB.com was on the scene Sunday in and around Dodger Stadium.

10:59 p.m. ET: Ballgame.
Justin Turner clearly loves the big stage, and the stage doesn't get much bigger than it did on Sunday night. The Dodgers third baseman smashed a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead. It came on the heels of a curious decision by Cubs manager Joe Maddon, to use John Lackey in relief with Wade Davis available in the bullpen. Lackey served up Los Angeles' first walk-off of any kind in the postseason since the 2009 NLDS. The Dodgers are two games away from the World Series -- as close as they've been at any point since their last championship in 1988.

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Lead slips away from Cubs in NLCS Game 1

Lead slips away from Cubs in NLCS Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- Dealt a pregame blow when injured shortstop Corey Seager was left off the roster and an in-game setback when Albert Almora Jr. took Clayton Kershaw deep, the Dodgers rallied to beat the Cubs, 5-2, behind home runs from Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig in Game 1 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Since the LCS expanded to the best-of-seven format 31 years ago, the team that won Game 1 of the NLCS has a 22-9 record. The Dodgers are 3-1 in the NLCS when they win the opener, and the Cubs are 0-3 when they lose the opener.

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Cubs' bullpen struggles carry over to NLCS

Rondon, Montgomery serve up key homers in Game 1 loss to Dodgers

Cubs' bullpen struggles carry over to NLCS

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs added a fresh reliever for the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World in Hector Rondon, and the Dodgers' Chris Taylor hit the right-hander's second pitch of the postseason for a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium.

It's been that kind of postseason for the Cubs' bullpen.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon ejected after overturned call at plate

'It was just a perfect play that we got penalized on,' Cubs manager says after Game 1 loss

Maddon ejected after overturned call at plate

LOS ANGELES -- Viewed frame by frame, Willson Contreras' left leg seemed almost synchronized with the baseball, kicking out toward foul ground as Kyle Schwarber's throw zipped in from left field. By the time the ball nestled into Contreras' catcher's mitt in the seventh inning Saturday night, there was little room for Charlie Culberson to slide. Culberson missed home plate completely. Umpire Lance Barksdale called him out.

Then Dodgers manager Dave Roberts challenged the play, Cubs counterpart Joe Maddon was ejected and chaos descended upon National League Championship Series Game 1 presented by Camping World -- a 5-2 Cubs loss to the Dodgers.

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Almora stands tall on big stage with 2-run shot

Almora stands tall on big stage with 2-run shot

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs have been thrilled with what they have seen from Albert Almora Jr. all year and into the postseason, and they believe the young outfielder has a bright future moving forward.

Almora gave the Cubs an early jolt Saturday in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World, launching a two-run home run off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning for the first runs of the series. But unfortunately for the Cubs, the fast start did not hold up in an eventual 5-2 loss.

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Quintana focused after wife's health improves

Cubs' left-hander allows two runs in five innings in Game 1 of NLCS

Quintana focused after wife's health improves

LOS ANGELES -- Jose Quintana felt good Saturday night in his five innings in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The Cubs left-hander was even happier to report that his wife is feeling better.

The Cubs' charter flight from Washington to Los Angeles on Thursday night was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., because Quintana's wife, Michel, became ill.

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Cubs fan in pajamas before NLCS Game 1

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Cubs fan in pajamas before NLCS Game 1

In the postseason, everything matters just a bit more. Every pitch, every hit, and so on. For fans who actually go to the games, then, it's an opportunity to go all-out in the personal decoration department.

Wandering the concourse ahead of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, it was hard not to notice one particular Cubs fan (among the handful that made it to the stadium hours before first pitch). He was wearing Cubs pajamas -- a onesie, to be precise, a big fake beard and a hat, and he had a huge smile. 

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Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 1: In Real Life

Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 1: In Real Life

The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 5-2, on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. We were at the scene in and around Dodger Stadium.

11:35 p.m. ET: Business as usual

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Cubs to start Hendricks in G3; Arrieta in G4

Cubs to start Hendricks in G3; Arrieta in G4

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs announced Kyle Hendricks will start Game 3 and Jake Arrieta will go in Game 4 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. Both of those games will be played at Wrigley Field.

• NLCS Game 3: Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on TBS

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DYK? Facts, figures from Saturday's games

DYK? Facts, figures from Saturday's games

Two franchises with long postseason droughts took the next steps toward reversing that history on Saturday.

The Astros, who have never captured a World Series crown, rode a brilliant start by Justin Verlander and clutch performances from their All-World middle infield to a 2-1 victory over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS presented by Camping World, giving them a 2-0 lead in the series, which now shifts to New York.

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