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How do the Bulls, assuming they don't have Nikola Mirotic, compare to a college team? Among players on the current Bulls roster, only five -- Antonio Blakeney, Ryan Arcidiacono, Zach LaVine, Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn -- ranked in the top 50 in ESPN's recruiting rankings. The current Duke team for 2017-18 has eight such players.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

NLCS Game 3 seventh-inning stretch duties will be handled by a couple of former Cubs pitchers tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

An American classic:

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Both teams make changes for Game 3 of NLCS

The Cubs have slotted Kyle Schwarber in the No. 2 spot in place of struggling second baseman Javier Baez for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers are opting to add Chase Utley, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson and remove Enrique Hernandez, Logan Forsythe and Charlie Culberson.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tommy Lasorda greets Joe Maddon during Cubs batting practice.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starting batting practice before Game 3. Kris Bryant in the cage.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

As of 4:47P CST, the wind is blowing straight out to center here at Wrigley Field.

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Joe Maddon on taking slumping Javier Baez out of the lineup for NLCS Game 3: "I hate playing any game of baseball without Javier Baez because he's such a dynamic defender."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The new batting order mostly is about Kyle Schwarber hitting second. Joe Maddon wants to get him the extra AB or two before Dave Roberts goes to a lefty. Same goes with Ben Zobrist who hasn't been hitting much right handed in the playoffs.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers lineup against righty Kyle Hendricks as they seek to put a stranglehold on the NLCS in Game 3 at Wrigley Field: 1. Chris Taylor, SS; 2: Cody Bellinger, 1B; 3. Justin Turner, 3B; 4. Yasiel Puig, RF; 5. Andre Ethier, LF; 6. Chase Utley, 2B; 7. Austin Barnes, C; 8. Joc Pederson, CF; 9. Yu Darvish, P.

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Slumping Baez out of Game 3 lineup for Cubs

Kyle Schwarber got the start in left field on Tuesday night against Yu Darvish. With Schwarber batting second behind Ben Zobrist, NL MVP Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Willson Contreras each moved down a spot in the order.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

No surprise that Joe Maddon is making some changes in his lineup, with Ben Zobrist playing second base for Javier Baez, who is 0-for-19 in the postseason, and inserting Kyle Schwarber into the second spot in the order. While the bats have struggled, keep in mind that in their seven playoff games, six of them have been started by opposing pitchers who ranked in the top six in the NL in WAR.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

With a weekday start and the Cubs in an 0-2 NLCS hole, it's a pretty subdued scene in Wrigleyville hours before Game 3.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

My cab driver Adam Luciani was born in Italy, but has lived close to Wrigleyville for 20 years and he's become a big baseball fan. He's predicting the Cubs will come back in the series. "Just look at last year, Even when they were losing, they thought they could win," the retired mechanical engineer said. "That's why you need young players. To have that energy." Forget all the numbers and analysis. You have to trust your cabbie. This series isn't over.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has changed up his batting order as he'll have Ben Zobrist lead off and play second while Kyle Schwarber will bat second. The rest of the order includes Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras, Jay, Russell, Heyward and Hendricks.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

One thing to watch during tonight's NLCS Game 3 at Wrigley: the flags on the outfield foul poles. The wind is blowing straight out now, and that could be what the Cubs' need to ignite their struggling offense.

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Notre Dame to face stiff tests in second half

The Irish are on the cusp of the top 10, but given their upcoming schedule, getting there won't be easy.

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Darvish takes on Hendricks in Game 3

Yu Darvish will attempt to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in a series for the first time since the 1963 World Series in Game 3 on Tuesday in Chicago. The Cubs, who send Kyle Hendricks to the mound, are 0-for-24 batting vs. the Dodgers bullpen this series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect a heavy left handed lineup for the Cubs in Game 3 tonight against Yu Darvish. Ben Zobrist will be at second base in place of Javier Baez who is 0 for 19 this postseason. Joe Maddon will also employ an all lefty outfield as well with Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay and Jason Heyward your likely starters.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect a heavy left handed lineup for the Cubs in Game 3 tonight against Yu Darvish. Ben Zobrist will be at second base in place of Javier Baez who is 0 for 19 this postseason. Joe Maddon will also employ an all lefty outfield as well with Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay and Jason Heyward your likely starters.