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10/21/2016 | Cosart has bone spurs removed from elbow

Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to clean up his right elbow, and the Padres remain hopeful that the 26-year-old right-hander will be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training.

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 | Vote for Best Manager, Exec in MLB Awards

Will Joe Maddon of the Cubs repeat as Best Manager? Who will succeed Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore after his back-to-back awards for Best Executive? Will remaining postseason games make a difference in your thinking?

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 | Marlette, Ciuffo power Peoria to victory

On a 94-degree day at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, it was a pair of catchers who were heating up as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 8-2.

10/21/2016 | Tribe's Zimmer flaunts terrific tools in Fall League win

Cleveland's top prospect Bradley Zimmer has some of the best all-around tools in the Arizona Fall League, and several of them were on display Friday afternoon. The Indians outfielder led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions, opening the scoring with a first-inning homer and ending it with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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 | Draft prospects on display at WWBA World Championship

Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association World Championship kicked off on Thursday and will run through Monday, with 88 teams scheduled to play at least four games each across 22 pools of four teams.

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 | Howell takes role as mentor seriously

It doesn't get much better for a Major Leaguer than to still be in uniform in late October, and it doesn't get much worse than to be cut from the roster for the postseason after spending the regular season in the foxhole for each battle. Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell is both as his club resumes the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

10/21/2016 | Miocic loves championship fight in his Indians

The Curse, as it were, survived in Cleveland long enough that credit for killing it is something valuable, albeit not tangible. That credit clearly tends to go to the Cavaliers, who won the city's first major professional title in 52 years. But Stipe Miocic may have knocked down the first domino.

10/21/2016 | Evenly matched NLCS set for fascinating finish

When Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that his club and the Los Angeles Dodgers were "pretty evenly matched," this was not a tactic, or a smokescreen. It was an honest call.

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 | Tigers hire McClendon as hitting coach

The Tigers on Friday announced that they had hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.

10/21/2016 | Indians consider Salazar for World Series start

During Friday's workout at Progressive Field, Indians manager Terry Francona said right-hander Danny Salazar is continuing to make progress in his throwing program. Not only has Salazar not been ruled out for the World Series roster, Francona did not dismiss the idea of having the righty make a start.

10/21/2016 | Bauer confident he'll be ready to pitch in WS

Trevor Bauer is confident that he will be able to pitch in the World Series without any issues. Even after the bloody right pinkie problem in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, when his ugly wound was revealed to the world, the Indians starter says he is available whenever his team needs him.

10/21/2016 | Al-2-D: Altuve to appear as cartoon character

He's been an All-Star in both leagues, a batting champion, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. Now, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a cartoon character.

10/21/2016 | Perez earns praise from Tribe's pitchers

Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller won the ALCS MVP Award, but catcher Roberto Perez was the unsung hero of the series.

10/21/2016 | Reyes to return to Mets for 2017 season

The Mets plan to bring back infielder Jose Reyes next season and will part ways with pitcher Jonathon Niese, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

10/21/2016 | Kershaw's new angle may prove handy in G6

Clayton Kershaw's new weapon is actually an old one. He was a sidearmer through his junior year of high school in Dallas before adopting the over-the-top motion that turned him into a first-round Draft pick and, eventually, a Cy Young Award winner. The coach who helped Kershaw make that transformation still records and watches all of Kershaw's outings.

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 | Blanton searches for fix to slider

Having tried to work on mechanical adjustments as much as possible between games, winemaker Joe Blanton joked that he might try looking for the answer to his sudden slump at the bottom of a glass. "Everybody has times when you get into one of these spells," Blanton said after he gave up his second tie-breaking homer of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night, and the Cubs went on to beat the Dodgers, 8-4, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

10/21/2016 | Dodgers' offense again stifled by Lester

The Dodgers didn't lose Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to the Cubs because of the left-hander who didn't start on short rest -- Clayton Kershaw -- who gets Saturday's must-win start on extra rest. They lost because of the lefty who did start -- Chicago's Jon Lester -- who held them in check on one run over seven innings.

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