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Follow live: Cubs rock Kershaw with Contreras, Rizzo homers

Willson Contreras blasted a homer in the fourth inning, and Anthony Rizzo added another in the fifth to expand the Cubs' lead in Game 6 of the NLCS.

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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1dThomas 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.


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.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Willson Contreras takes Clayton Kershaw deep! Contreras with the lead-off HR gives Cubs 4-0 lead in the 4th.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs versus Clayton Kershaw's fastball so far: 5 hits, 4 swings and misses. Amazing. Got one hit off his fastball all night in Game 2

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Cubs are 5-for-13 against Clayton Kershaw's fastball and slider through 3 innings. They were 1-for-21 in at-bats ending in those pitches in Game 2 of the NLCS.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Through three innings, Clayton Kershaw has gotten to two strikes on 10 batters, but fanned just two of them, Kyle Hendricks and Javier Baez. During the regular season he had a strikeout rate of 53 percent with two strikes.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Strangely, Clayton Kershaw has thrown just 7 curveballs through 3 innings. Playing into the hands of a Cubs team hunting hard stuff away.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the second time this season Clayton Kershaw has allowed three or more runs through two innings. He allowed four through two innings at Pittsburgh on June 26, otherwise known as the day he injured his back.