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Follow live: Cubs rock Kershaw with pair of big home runs

Anthony Rizzo added a home run in the fifth inning after Willson Contreras' fourth-inning blast to expand the Cubs' lead in NLCS Game 6.

Cubs embracing pressure to clinch World Series berth (1:13)
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9hBob Holtzman

One Cubs curse is actually coming to an end

Yes, there's that goat, but that's not all. One of ESPN's own has been at six potential NLCS clinches and never seen Chicago win. That ends Saturday.

On this date: Fisk waves ball fair sending Red Sox to Game 7 (0:30)
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1dSteve Wulf

Who Was Myles Thomas?

The Diary of Myles Thomas has been a season-long experiment in real-time historical fiction. Nearly 119 years to the day of his birth, we profile the real Myles Thomas.

Royals earn top MLB spot in 2016 Ultimate Standings (0:42)
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2dThomas Neumann

Brief history of sporting events at mismatched venues

There's plenty of room at Twickenham Stadium, home of England Rugby, to hold an NFL game, but things can get interesting when sporting events are held at venues designed for other purposes.

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2dMark Simon

Who are the leading NLCS MVP candidates?

Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Jon Lester have made good cases through five games. Of course, so have Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Kyle Hendricks has thrown 70 pitches since the last (& only) time he gave up a hit. On the road to one of the great clinching starts ever

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$2,260.50: Cheapest ticket on StubHub right now for World Series Game 3 at Wrigley. And that's to stand.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. He threw 93 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Have a feeling you've never see a team get HR from 3 different catchers in the same postseason? You'd be correct. Another first for the Cubs, according to ESPN Stats & Info

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

This is Clayton Kershaw's 283rd trip to the mound (counting postseason). It's the first time he's ever given up an XBH in 5 straight innings

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The five runs from the Cubs means Clayton Kershaw has now given up five or more runs in three of the five career games he has pitched with the Dodgers facing elimination.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

This is Clayton Kershaw's 5th start with his team facing elimination. He's now allowed at least 5 runs in 3 of them.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenley Jansen warming up in the Dodgers' bullpen as Clayton Kershaw has given up five runs in five innings.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

WRIGLEY IS GOING WILD! Anthony Rizzo takes Kershaw deep to right to give Cubs 5-0 lead over Dodgers entering the 6th.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs now have an extra-base hit in 5 straight innings against Clayton Kershaw. This is happening.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

This was the scene outside Wrigley Field minutes ago. @ MoynihanCharles


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Sheffield and Waveland Avenues are jam-packed during the fifth inning.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The Cubs are 1-4 in Game 6 of postseason series, including 0-1 in its only previous NLCS Game 6 (2003 vs. Marlins, 8-3 loss). The Cubs only Game 6 victory came in the 1945 World Series vs. Detroit (8-7 win).

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Clayton Kershaw's spot in the lineup six batters away; you'd figure that he'll be pinch-hit then, with his season perhaps over.

Dan Shulman @DShulman_ESPN

Joe Maddon credits winter ball with why Baez, Contreras etc seem so confident in playoffs: "the pressure they experience there helps here"

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

All 3 Cubs catchers have now homered in this postseason because, well, of course they have!

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

"Clayton Kershaw's postseason legacy is finally complete!" /two weeks pass "Nah, though!" Playoff narratives stink.