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Pedro Gomez MLB 

Yasiel Puig signing.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Brandon Ingram expressed his admiration for players with similar body types to his in Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

A sign the Chargers' roster has improved, for a second straight week the Bolts lost a player on waivers. The New York Giants claimed LB Nigel Harris. The Chargers lost safety Dexter McCoil to the San Francisco 49ers last week.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Luke Walton updates on Lakers injuries included full practices for Lonzo Ball and Andrew Bogut, while Julius Randle remained limited (intercostal strain). Walton isn't committing to playing Randle until he shows he's healthy before Thursday, and said Larry Nance could start. Randle feels he'll be ready Thursday, but was indifferent on whether he'd be fine with coming off the bench.

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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Yasiel Puig is absolutely crushing the ball during batting practice at Wrigley Field.

ESPN Stats & Info

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.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Today is the 13th anniversary of Dave Roberts' famous stolen base against Mariano Rivera in the 2004 ALCS, the steal that made that comeback possible. He said he had a funny story about that. "A couple weeks ago, I guess Yu Darvish was surfing the Internet and came across that play and realized, oh yeah, that was his manager out there."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tommy Lasorda greets Joe Maddon during Cubs batting practice.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Alex Wood on the mood in the clubhouse during L.A.'s postseason run: "We're back to being the fun Dodgers now."

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

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

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

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."

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.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

This year's Los Angeles Lakers media guide features Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.

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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.

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.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Bolts off the canvas with Raiders upset

Sunday's last-minute win over Oakland boosted the Chargers' playoff chances to above 10 percent in ESPN's FPI for the first time since Week 2.

ESPN Stats and Information

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.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI not sold on Rams just yet

The Sean McVay era is off to a roaring start in Tinseltown, but ESPN's FPI suggests tempering expectations. Despite leading the NFL in points per game (29.8), the Rams have less than a 30 percent chance of reaching the postseason by the current metrics.