CHICAGO Teams

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Battles in Happy Valley, South Bend headline Week 8 (1:00)
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BBTN: Bullpen Killing Cubs, Youth Saving Yanks

Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian about the Cubs' bullpen woes, youth saving the Yankees and more (1:25). Plus, "Inside Heat" on the NLCS from Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper (26:42), and on the ALCS from Jake Kaplan of The Houston Chronicle (37:36).

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Herbstreit: Loser of USC-ND out of playoff (1:49)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Keep an eye on October 25. Chicago would be eligible for roster relief and apply for the hardship exception. The exception is granted if a team has four players that have missed at least three regular season games with an injury. The Bulls with 15 contracts would be granted a roster spot. Chicago could also start the 45 day clock on one of their two-way contracts, Ryan Arcidiacono or Antonio Blakeney.

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Frustration between Mirotic and Portis boils over (1:53)
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Will Arrieta bring the heat? (2:15)
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Ross impressed by Darvish's breaking pitches (2:02)
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Ethier: 'Just glad I can be in the lineup' (1:39)

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

There is potentially only one more home game at Wrigley Field in 2017.

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Dodgers put Cubs on brink of elimination (2:05)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon isn't going to do anything out of the norm with his team down 3-0. He has three meetings during a season: Spring training, the All-Star break and before the playoffs. "There's nothing inspirational I can say at this point," he said.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

You can analyze all the numbers and metrics and managerial decisions, but the Dodgers are one win away their first World Series appearance since 1988 because they've completely shut down the Cubs' offense. Through three games, they've held the Cubs to a .160 average while striking out 32 batters and issuing just four walks. It's not over until it's over and if anyone knows about impossible comebacks it's Theo Epstein, but this one looks over.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

After a 6-1 NLCS Game 3 victory, the Dodgers are shaking hands with a 3-0 series lead and a chance to finish off the sweep Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Cubs have some late life after an Alex Avila single and an Albert Almora double to lead off the ninth inning. But they still have a long ways to go to catch the Dodgers in Game 3.

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Dodgers score on passed ball (0:38)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Chicago fans are exiting the ballpark early as the wheels have completely come off for the Cubs late in Game 3.

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Schwarber hammers a solo homer (0:32)