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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather is reporting more seasonal temperatures in Chicago on Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS than the warm weather earlier in the series. Temperature at first pitch is expected to be 57 degrees, dipping to as low as 53 by the end of the game. No precipitation is expected, and a light wind at 7 mph will blow out toward center.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jenrry Mejia has resurfaced in the Dominican Winter League. Mejia tossed a scoreless relief inning with one walk and one strikeout and earned the win in Licey's 4-3 opening-day win against Escogido on Friday. Mejia was permanently suspended from MLB in February for a third positive PED test, but the suspension does not extend to winter leagues, including in his native Dominican Republic. Mejia is allowed to apply to commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement to MLB next February -- one year after the ban was imposed. Even if reinstated, which is no guarantee, he would have to sit out the 2017 season since the requirement is to be sidelined for a minimum of two years after a lifetime ban. Mejia's New York-based attorney announced in July an intention to sue MLB, but there was never a subsequent announcement of a filing.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The bases are now in place at Wrigley some 9 hours before first pitch.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Much colder than it looks at Wrigley Field. Probably a 40 degree drop in temperature from game 5 to game 6 of NLCS

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Good morning from the corner of Addison and Clark in Chicago. People are already at the ballpark hours before tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Game 6 of the NLCS is Saturday night in Chicago. If the Cubs win, the celebration will be 'slightly' more boisterous as they would advance to their first World Series since 1945.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Unlike the Cubs' bats the past two nights, all is quiet inside Wrigley Field a day before Game 6 of the NLCS.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Series price at the Westgate for the Chicago Cubs before past four NLCS games: -160, +155, -170, -360