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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's still a nice night for Chicago in mid-October, but the temperature is considerably cooler and the wind isn't blowing out quite as much as in Games 3 or 4, which could cut down on the number of home runs we see tonight.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

There's no Lonzo Ball statue yet but he and the Lakers starters have cardboard cutouts outside of Staples Center.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to keep an eye on: According to ESPN Stats & Info, Clayton Kershaw has allowed first-pitch 14 hits, including four homers, since the start of September. That's the most of any MLB pitcher. In his Game 1 start, the Cubs swung at just three of 20 first pitches against Kershaw.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball is wearing the Ball No. 2 Dodgers jersey the team gave him when he threw out the first pitch.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan stretching out with trainer Robbie Davis before tonight's season opener against the Lakers.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball arrived at Staples Center 3 hours and 10 minutes before tonight's season opener.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Will the Cubs fly the W tonight?

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball arrives at Staples Center for his first regular season NBA game.

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Pedro Gomez MLB 

The Dodgers' lumber yard.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers injury report: DNP -- DT Corey Liuget (back), T Joe Barksdale (foot). LIMITED-- S Adrian Phillips (neck/concussion), RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder), WR Keenan Allen (shoulder). FULL -- C Spencer Pulley (shoulder), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle), RB Branden Oliver (hamstring).

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Lonzo Ball just arrived at Staples Center more than three hours before his Lakers debut wearing a Dodgers jersey.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Ingram has arrived at Staples Center for the Lakers' season opener.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig, a man in constant motion:

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley, on Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson, who he'll face on Sunday: "He's the top of the food chain, the best of the best."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams ILB Mark Barron (thumb) and S Cody Davis (thigh) have not practiced the last two days. CB Troy Hill (shoulder) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) have been full participants the last two days, after missing Sunday's game. The Rams are about to board their flight from Jacksonville to London.

ESPN Stats and Information  

This will be Clayton Kershaw's first career start with a chance to clinch on the road. He locked down his only career save (including regular season) in Game 5 of the NLDS last year against the Nationals. This is Kershaw's 3rd career appearance and 2nd career start in a potential clincher in his postseason career overall. Dodgers are 2-0 in his previous 2 appearances.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig never stops:

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Tommy Lasorda is giving some pregame advice to a Dodgers team that is one win from earning its first World Series berth since he managed L.A. to the 1988 Fall Classic.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Dave Roberts said of his team ahead of a chance to clinch a World Series berth in NLCS Game 5: 'We're excited.'

ESPN's Stats & Info

Dodgers take second swing at NLCS clincher

With southpaws starting for each team, both lineups lean to the right in Thursday night's Game 5. Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes replace Chase Utley and Yasmani Grandal for the Dodgers. Ben Zobrist replaces Jason Heyward for the Cubs.