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Blues-Blackhawks still bring the hate

Although league rivalries are overhyped these days -- the crazy playoff format and fewer fights have cooled them off a bit -- as we saw Wednesday night, the heat between two Midwest teams is still high on the confrontation meter.

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Cubs showed 'a little bit of swagger' in Game 4 (2:26)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yes, Joe Maddon quoted Ricky Bobby postgame: Once you've said "with all due respect," you can say whatever you want.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade Davis used Kris Bryant's bat to hit in the eighth. It went nine pitches before he struck out looking:"Yeah, I gave up after a while."

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Kurkjian: Home plate ump only one to hear foul-tip (1:55)
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Cubs stave off elimination (2:54)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras on Curtis Granderson striking out on the pitch after a controversial foul-tip call extended the Dodgers outfielder's at-bat: "The ball never lies."

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Maddon on eighth-inning foul ball: 'I can't buy that process' (0:49)
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Kurkjian: Cubs still have a long way to go (1:39)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Javier Baez broke out of his slump in a big way with two home runs and admitted it's been hard to focus on baseball with everything going on in Puerto Rico. "Before the playoffs, I was ready to go home. My whole family is there," he said. He got his mother out but says, "After the season I will go home and help my people."

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Contreras: 'Don't let this team wake up' (1:23)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Joe Maddon could tell by the reaction from Dodgers hitters on their swings and misses that Jake Arrieta had great movement on his pitches very early on and that he knew Arrieta had to go deep to win this game.

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Schwartz scores hat trick in win over Blackhawks (0:33)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on the explanation on the foul tip: "I'm not here to bang on umpires, but that can't happen. The process was terrible. If Granderson hits a home run there I might come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstop."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Cubs still have a tough hill to climb in this series, but 3-1 sure feels a lot more attainable than 3-0 did, especially for a team that came back from down 3-1 to win the World Series last fall.

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Baez says positivity key for Cubs (1:50)
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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Cubs win. Fly the W!

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Dave Roberts after Game 4: They're a very talented team. They're the world champs. And we got beat today.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Wade Davis and the Cubs survive for another day. Cody Bellinger hits the ball on the nose, but it's hard grounder right to second baseman Javier Baez for a game-ending 4-6-3 double play and a 3-2 victory. With Davis struggling with his command -- he ended up throwing 48 pitches, just 26 for strikes -- avoiding on-deck hitter Justin Turner with the game on the line was a huge sigh of relief. It's Clayton Kershaw versus Jose Quintana on Thursday night. Series on.