Schwarber may rejoin Cubs for World Series (0:39)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The scene on Clark Street outside of Wrigley Field is already nuts.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clark and Addison inside an hour before first pitch of Game 6.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The masses are filling Waveland Ave., being serenaded by a man on the saxophone. Spirits are high in Wrigleyville at the moment.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Práctica de bateo: Yasiel Puig y Enrique Hernández

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Definitely a noted police presence around the ballpark as Chicago braces for the possibility of a citywide party based out of Wrigleyville.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan reaches 7-0 for the first time since 2006. That regular season ended with a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle against Ohio State. Wolverines beat the Illini 41-8 at the Big House today.

Northwestern DB shows off major hops on INT (0:14)

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The scene in front of Murphy's Bar (located across the street from the centerfield side of Wrigley) nearly an hour before first pitch in Chicago.

Higdon shakes off Illinois defenders for 45-yard TD (0:26)

Dan Mullen 

It's starting to fill up inside The Friendly Confines for NLCS Game 6. Outside in Wrigleyville? Already packed.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alfonso Soriano y Adrián González

Illinois breaks dry spell with deep ball TD (0:19)
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Are the Bulls a playoff team?

Zach Lowe presents his annual preseason tiers for all NBA teams. He explains why Chicago is among a cluster of teams that will be fighting for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Lowe's NBA tiers

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

All kinds of people are at Wrigley tonight. This is Orval Overall, a member of the 1908 Cubs pitching staff. In the World Series that year the 27-year-old righty was 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA. He (well, this guy) told me he just had to be here tonight. Teammates Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker are supposed to join him on Waveland Ave. later.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

A picture-perfect night on the North Side of Chicago. Even the temperatures are manageable (right now).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Sori in the house!

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Cubs bench Heyward for rookie Almora in Game 6

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will start rookie Albert Almora Jr. in right field in place of the struggling Jason Heyward on Saturday in Game 6 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

While the Cubs take batting practice, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein tells reporters he senses some expected anxiety around Chicago. "More excitement than anxiety," he adds. The former Red Sox GM didn't bite, though, when asked how a possible Cubs win tonight could compare to Boston in 2004.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Theo Epstein addresses the media at Wrigley Field.

ESPN Stats & Info

History favors Dodgers; Cubs look to change that

The Dodgers have won Clayton Kershaw's past two starts when facing elimination. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 0-6 when they have had a chance to clinch a trip to the World Series during the LCS era.

Queiro joins ranks of greatest college football INTs. (1:32)
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NLCS Game 6 Lineup: Dodgers at Cubs

Albert Almora Jr. gets the start in right field for the Cubs over Jayson Heyward, who has been struggling at the plate. Willson Contreras will catch for Chicago. The Dodgers move Andrew Toles to the leadoff spot, and Chase Utley bats eighth. Yasmani Grandal will be Clayton Kershaw's backstop.