Dodgers vs. Cubs: NLCS Game 3 Live-Stream Schedule, Ticket Info and Pick

Justin Turner drove what could be a fatal blow to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night, blasting a three-run walk-off home run to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.

The homer came 29 years to the day after Kirk Gibson's famous walk-off blast in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

"One of my earliest baseball memories was being at my grandma's house and watching that game in '88 and seeing Gibby hit that homer," Turner told reporters afterward. "So, yeah, it feels pretty cool. I thought about doing the fist-pump around the bases, but we'll wait until we get to the World Series for that, hopefully."

Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor both drew walks earlier in the ninth to set up Turner, who drove in all four runs of the Dodgers win. He has recorded at least one hit in every game this postseason and has multiple hits in three of Los Angeles' five games, all of which were wins.

"Once that walk occurred, all bets were off against Turner," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. "Nobody is a really great matchup against Turner, so it just did not work out."

The Dodgers, who have not made the World Series since 1988, are now in the proverbial driver's seat and two wins away from exorcising their NLCS demons. They have made the NLCS six times in the last decade; the previous five all resulted in losses.

The Cubs sent Los Angeles home in six games last season on their way to winning a World Series.

"A heartbreaker for who?" Cubs pitcher John Lester, who gave up one run on three hits over 4.2 innings, asked reporters. "It's a loss. We're not over. We're not done. Guys walked in here upbeat, ready to go for Tuesday. We had some music playing before you guys (media) got in here. We've all lost games before. We've all lost series before. So we'll move on to Tuesday."

The series moves to Chicago on Tuesday, where the Cubs will hope Kyle Hendricks can outduel Yu Darvish. Hendricks' two starts this season have gone in opposite directions, though both finished in Cubs wins. 

The right-hander gave up four runs in four innings of work in the Cubs' Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.

Darvish gave up only one earned run in five innings in his lone postseason start, a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was in the game for just 74 pitches. The Dodgers have kept him to a conservative pitch count since his arrival from the Texas Rangers; Darvish has only reached 100 pitches once in 10 starts.

The Dodgers' deep pitching staff is an issue for a Cubs lineup that has struggled to score all postseason despite finishing fourth in runs scored during the regular season. 

            

Game Info

Date: Oct. 17

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Watch TBS Live

Tickets: StubHub

Prediction: Cubs 4, Dodgers 3

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Aaron Judge Sets Record for Strikeouts in Postseason Series in ALDS vs. Indians

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge added another record to his collection Wednesday night. This one, unfortunately, will be added to his collection of strikeout records.

Judge's strikeout in the top of the seventh inning was his 16th of the Yankees' American League Division Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians, setting an all-time record for most whiffs in a single postseason series, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Judge, 25, put together a rookie season that saw him thrust himself into AL MVP contention. He hit .284/.422/.627 with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in, setting a single-season record for homers by a rookie.

However, Judge's propensity for striking out nearly derailed his campaign. He struck out in 37 consecutive games across July and August, setting an all-time record with that streak.

Those issues were a little less prevalent in a return to form in September, but Judge has been nowhere close to MVP-caliber during this postseason. His seventh-inning strikeout put him at 1-for-19 in the series.

"He continues to be patient," manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "They're making a lot of good pitches on him, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s maintaining the strike zone when he gets a pitch to hit—and a lot of times, he's able to hit it."

Judge's lone hit of the series was a two-run double in the Yankees' Game 4 victory.

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John Farrell Ejected for Arguing Called Strike 3 on Dustin Pedroia

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected from Monday's Game 4 matchup against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the second inning after arguing a Dustin Pedroia called third strike.

Farrell left the dugout to argue a down-and-outside curve ball that was called for a third strike with the bases loaded and one out. Pedroia was angered by the call but was not tossed, likely in part because Farrell came out to take the attention.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had been called out on strikes on another borderline call with the bases loaded and no one out. The Red Sox wound up failing to score a run in the bottom of the second, missing a golden opportunity to put themselves ahead.

          

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Jose Altuve 9th Player to Hit 3 HR in Playoff Game vs. Red Sox in 2017 ALDS

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit three solo home runs in Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, becoming the ninth player in MLB history to hit at least three home runs in a postseason game. 

Altuve went deep off Red Sox starter Chris Sale in the first and fifth innings and hit his third homer off Austin Maddox in the seventh.  of the Boston Sports Journal passed along the stats.

            

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Stephen Strasburg to Start vs. Cubs as Max Scherzer Recovers from Injury

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Stephen Strasburg as his Game 1 starter for their National League Division Series matchup with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.    

Baker did not make a commitment for Games 2 and 3. Nationals ace Max Scherzer is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in a Sept. 30 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

        

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Byron Buxton Removed with Injury After Wall Collision vs. Yankees

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton left Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com reported the news and noted Buxton exited after he "leaped and crashed into the padded wall" while robbing Todd Frazier of a hit in the second inning.

In his third MLB season, Buxton was a driving force behind the Twins' second-half surge. He raked eight of his 16 home runs in August and added eight more stolen bases. He recorded a .973 OPS for the month, then hit .270/.330/.460 in September and October to finish the season with a .253/.314/.413 slash line and 29 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

The Twins replaced Buxton with Zack Granite.

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Giancarlo Stanton Hits 59th HR vs. Braves; Most in MLB Since 2001

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his 58th and 59th home runs Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, the most since Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds in 2001. 

Stanton went deep off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning and took Rex Brothers deep in the eighth. The Marlins slugger is just the sixth player in MLB history to hit at least 59 homers in a season, joining Sosa, Bonds, Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

Bonds set the all-time home run record with 73 in 2001. Sosa hit 64 homers. They are the last players to hit 60 in a season, though both did so under the suspicion of performance-enhancing drug use. No player has hit 59 without the suspicion of drug use since Maris' 61 in 1961. 

Stanton, who has never tested positive for any PEDs, said in August he still considers 61 to be the home run record.

"You grow up watching [the movie The Sandlot]," Stanton said, per Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. "You grow up watching those films of Babe Ruth and [Mickey] Mantle and these guys and 61 always been that printed number as a kid."

The Marlins have three games remaining in the regular season, so Stanton could wind up setting his own personal record for home runs. 

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Reds to Install Additional Safety Netting Beyond Dugouts

The Cincinnati Reds announced plans Thursday to install protective netting extending past the dugouts at Great American Ball Park beginning in the 2018 season.

"The Reds' ongoing commitment to providing the best ballpark experience includes maintaining the safety and security of our fans," the team said in a statement.

Cincinnati is doing so to protect fans from balls that could go into the stands at a high rate of speed and cause injury.

The Reds are doing so to protect fans from balls that could go into the stands at a high rate of speed and cause injury. MLB has placed increasing pressure on teams to expand its protective netting in recent years, though it is yet to make it a requirement for all 30 teams.

"I think you're going to see continued evolution by the clubs—extended netting that's designed to fit with each individual stadium," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in July, per Christian Red of the New York Daily News. "We continually are talking to the individual clubs about what they should be doing in each of their stadiums. I think the reluctance to do it on a league-wide basis only relates to the difficulty of having a single rule that fits 30 stadiums that obviously are not designed the same way."

MLB recommends teams install 70 feet of netting, from behind home plate to the beginning of both dugouts. The issue returned to the forefront earlier this week when a young girl was hospitalized after being hit in the face by a line drive by New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier.

Yankees infielder Chase Headley was among the players who called for increased netting at Yankee Stadium.

"It's something [the players] been complaining about for years, not having that covered," Headley told reporters. "It's scary. We're praying for the kid and hope for the best, but there's nothing you can do when it's coming at you that fast. I don't think the average person understands how fast those things are coming. To have to see that, for me, it's sickening."

Manfred said MLB will "redouble" its efforts to persuade teams to install netting after the incident in New York.

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Indians’ 22-Game Win Streak Snapped with 4-3 Loss vs. Royals

The Cleveland Indians' record-setting winning streak is over.                  

The Kansas City Royals got to Trevor Bauer, and their bullpen held the Indians scoreless for the final six innings en route to a 4-3 win Friday at Progressive Field. The loss snapped Cleveland's American League-record winning streak at 22.

The 1916 New York Giants own the MLB record with 26 consecutive wins. 

Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar each hit solo home runs off Bauer, who gave up four earned runs over 5.1 innings. Jose Ramirez also hit a solo shot for the Indians, who led 3-1 after the first three innings but saw their offense sputter after a hot start.

Yandy Diaz got on base with a single to start the bottom of the ninth, with the Royals likely feeling twinges of deja vu from their Thursday night matchup. The Indians came back from a run down in the bottom of the ninth on a Francisco Lindor double and won their 22nd consecutive game in the 10th on a Jay Bruce single.

Unfortunately for the Indians, it wasn't to be. Royals reliever Mike Minor fanned three straight batters to avoid a repeat, with Lindor going down swinging to end the streak. Indians players stayed on the field after the game, where the sold-out home crowd gave them an extended standing ovation. 

"I think our players wanted to show their appreciation," Indians manager Terry Francona said, per USA Today. "It's just been pretty incredible how they've reacted, and we just wanted to show our appreciation because we don't take it for granted." 

The Indians' most recent loss before Friday came Aug. 23 to the Boston Red Sox. At the time the streak began, Cleveland was 69-56 and part of what looked like a close race in the AL Central. The Indians are now 13 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins and are the only AL team to have clinched a playoff spot.

"I don't think anything's over," Francona said. "We showed up today to win. We didn't. We came close. We got the winning run to the plate. We’ll win some of those games.

"To me, this is more a jumping-off point. Where do we go from here? Up. Common sense says you’ll lose a game."

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Red Sox Fined for Violating Electronics in Dugout Rule vs. Yankees

The Boston Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount for using Apple Watches to steal signs from the New York Yankees.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the fine will be donated to help hurricane relief.

"We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters last week. "It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time. To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other [team] that involved the use of electronic equipment. It's the electronic equipment that creates the violation.

"I think the rule against electronic equipment has a number of policy reasons behind it, but one of them is we don't want to escalate attempts to figure out what a pitcher is going to throw by introducing electronics into that mix.

            

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Paul Goldschmidt’s MRI on Elbow Injury Revealed No Structural Damage

An MRI revealed no structural damage to the elbow of Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported the news from Goldschmidt who also said he expects to return to the lineup Wednesday.

The All-Star was sent back to Phoenix for an MRI after missing the Diamondbacks' games on Sunday and Monday with soreness in his right elbow.

"Whatever happens (with the MRI results), I'm pretty confident I can play," Goldschmidt told reporters Monday. "It's been getting better every day, but it hasn't gone away now for a week or so. As long as it doesn't get worse, it hasn't affected me."

Goldschmidt, 29, had missed only one game this season. It's unknown how long he was dealing with the injury. He belted 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs during the month of August, so the pain does not appear to have had much of an affect.

The Diamondbacks are 80-58 and in a commanding position to earn one of the NL's two wild-card spots. Goldschmidt's MRI giving him a clean bill of health will undoubtedly help assuage concerns going into the final month of the regular season. 

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Derek Jeter’s Ownership Group Reportedly Plans to Reduce Marlins’ Payroll

The incoming Miami Marlins ownership group, spearheaded by majority owner Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, plans to significantly reduce the club's payroll after taking over.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald spoke to a potential investor who said the club plans to cut payroll by at least $30 million next season. The Marlins could even slash their $110 million payroll in half if they trade star Giancarlo Stanton—a possibility being weighed by Jeter and Sherman.

    

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Brewers Minor Leaguer Julio Mendez Suffered Cardiac Event After Hit by Pitch

Julio Mendez, a Milwaukee Brewers minor league infielder, is in critical but stable condition after suffering a "cardiac event" after being hit by a pitch in a game Saturday.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the news.

       

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Danny Salazar Placed on 10-Day DL by Indians Due to Elbow Injury

The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that they placed pitcher Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list because of elbow inflammation.

Salazar is in his fifth MLB season (fourth full), and he earned his first All-Star appearance in 2016. He has not been as strong in 2017, however. He's posted a 5-6 record with an 4.30 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 92 innings pitched.

He has yet to throw more than 185 innings in a major league season, speaking to both his injury troubles and Cleveland's commitment to keeping his workload down.

The Indians spent most of 2016 scraping by with a ragtag group of pitchers amid a sea of injuries to their staff. Salazar's issue will only increase the burden on one of the game's best offenses.

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Ian Kinsler Reportedly Fined $10,000 over Critical Angel Hernandez Comments

Major League Baseball reportedly fined Ian Kinsler $10,000 for his comments about umpire Angel Hernandez.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported the news, noting manager Brad Ausmus said the amount was "almost unheard of" among players.

         

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MLB Umpires Drop Wristband Protest, Agree to Meet with Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball umpires have agreed to end their white wristband protest after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to a meeting to address their concerns.

"Today, WUA members agreed to the Commissioner’s proposal to meet with the Union’s Governing Board to discuss the concerns on which our white wristband protest is based," the umpires said in a statement. "We appreciate the Commissioner's willingness to engage seriously on verbal attacks and other important issues that must be addressed. To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wristbands pending the requested meeting."

Umpires began their protest Saturday, wearing white wristbands as a sign of solidarity over what they feel is unfair treatment from players. The issue most bothersome to the umpires was MLB's decision to fine but not suspend Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who made critical comments about umpire Angel Hernandez.

"The Office of the Commissioner has failed to address this and other escalating attacks on umpires," the umpires said in a statement Saturday. "The player who denigrated Hernandez publicly said he thought he would be suspended. Instead [he] got far more lenient treatment—a fine. He shrugged that off and told reporters he has 'no regrets' about his offensive statements calling for an end to Hernandez's career.

"The Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers. It's 'open season' on umpires, and that's bad for the game."

Kinsler said he was unaffected by the umpires' decision to wear the wristbands.

"I really don't think too deeply into it," Kinsler told reporters. "I hope they wear the white wristbands for the rest of their careers. I don't care. I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, that's their problem."

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler's fine was the largest he has ever seen for a player. Ausmus spent 18 seasons in MLB as a player and has been the Tigers' manager since 2014.

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Aaron Judge Sets Record for Most Consecutive Games with Strikeout by Non-Pitcher

It took until his final at-bat, but Aaron Judge set another record during his historic rookie season Wednesday night—just not a great one.

New York Mets reliever Erik Goeddel got Judge to strike out swinging in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 win over their cross-city rival. It's the 33rd consecutive game Judge has struck out, setting a record for a non-pitcher, per ESPN Stats & Info:

 

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Ian Kinsler Says Umpire Angel Hernandez Is Ruining Baseball Games After Ejection

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler called out Angel Hernandez a day after being ejected, saying the veteran umpire is "ruining baseball games." 

"No, I’m surprised at how bad an umpire he is,” Kinsler told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t know how, for as many years he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to reevaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line.”

Hernandez tossed Kinsler in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Texas Rangers.

 

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David Phelps Placed on Mariners 10-Day DL with Elbow Injury

The Seattle Mariners placed reliever David Phelps on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right elbow impingement. 

Greg Johns of MLB.com reported Phelps is expected to miss two to three weeks.

Phelps, 30, is 3-5 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He's struck out 62 batters in 54 innings while converting 21 holds, most of which came in Miami. The Marlins traded Phelps to Seattle in July in exchange for four prospects.

Phelps left Sunday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals with elbow discomfort.

“The last couple of times out, I just really haven’t gotten loose like I have in the past,” Phelps told reporters afterward. “As far as getting loose out of the bullpen, it is fine, but as soon as I get in the game it’s a little tight. I can tell the ball just isn’t coming out and my stuff hasn’t really been the same. In the past, I’ve pitched through things until I broke my arm. I thought it was better to let (trainers) come out. They’ve known about it and we’ve been treating it.”

The Mariners remain in the thick of the AL wild-card hunt, but injuries to their pitching staff could derail their hopes over the final two months. Ace Felix Hernandez might miss the next month with a shoulder injury, and they already lost Hisashi Iwakuma, Evan Marshall and Evan Scribner earlier this season.

 

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MLB Legend Don Baylor Dies at 68

Former MLB outfielder and manager Don Baylor died Monday from multiple myeloma.

He was 68.

"Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life," Baylor's wife, Rebecca, said in a statement, per ESPN.com.

Baylor, who won the 1979 American League MVP with the California Angels, played for six teams over a 19-year MLB career. He later went on to manage the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.

A 1967 second-round draft choice, Baylor made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1970. He would later play for the Oakland Athletics, Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. His career ended in 1988 with a second stint in Oakland, finishing with 338 home runs and 1,276 runs batted in.

Baylor won a World Series ring with the Twins in 1987 and was a three-time Silver Slugger winner, in addition to MVP and All-Star honors in 1979. 

The Rockies hired Baylor as their first manager in 1993, a post he held until 1998. Colorado went 440-469 in Baylor's tenure and made a playoff appearance in 1995, for which he won the NL Manager of the Year Award.

After being fired following the 1998 season, Baylor took over in Chicago from 2000 to 2002. The Cubs failed to reach the postseason in each of Baylor's three seasons, and he was fired in the 2002 campaign after posting a 187-220 record.

Baylor spent time as a hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Rockies and Angels. He was also the bench coach for the New York Mets in 2003 and 2004. 

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