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3hBradford Doolittle

Way-too-early World Series preview: How do Indians match up with NL finalists?

The Indians have advanced and await their National League counterpart. Will it be the Cubs or the Dodgers? And how would those two match up against the American League champs?

Andrew Miller inspired by Cavs win (0:36)
Russell's two-run HR pumps life into Cubs (0:41)
Who the heck is Ryan Merritt? (1:30)
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19hAndrew Marchand

It could be the end of an era for the Toronto Blue Jays

Back-to-back appearances in the ALCS put baseball back on the map in Toronto, but the team Jays fans fell in love with might not be the same next year.

LeBron has the Indians' back all the way to the World Series (1:27)
Szczur making an impact on and off the field (3:22)
Dodgers believe they're better than Cubs (2:55)
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2dMark Simon

Game-changer: Aaron Sanchez's curveball

Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez had the same kind of success with his curveball that Indians pitchers had in the first three games of the series.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The lineups for Game 5 of the NLCS:

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts on the amount of Cubs fans at Dodger Stadium: "I did notice it and I think it's great for baseball. We travel pretty well as well."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his new-look lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS was a nod to the Dodgers' issues against left-handed pitching. He is confident his rearranged middle of the order will have the ability to drive in runs.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's a hot day at Dodger Stadium for NLCS Game 5. Might be a good idea to get this ride going to save pitchers a sweltering walk in from the bullpen.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts blames "mechanics" for Kenta Maeda's last couple outings but said he will "rise to the occasion" today.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers lineup for Game 5 against the left-handed Jon Lester: Enrique Hernandez 2B Justin Turner 3B Corey Seager SS Carlos Ruiz C Howie Kendrick LF Adrian Gonzalez 1B Yasiel Puig RF Joc Pederson CF Kenta Maeda P

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

¡Hola Chávez Ravine!

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw just wrapped up a workout on the field. He will address reporters in two hours. No change of plans. Kenta Maeda today, Kershaw in Game 6.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The field is ready for Game 5 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cubs. One team will be one win away from the World Series after tonight.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

It's another picturesque afternoon at Dodger Stadium with an expected game time temperature of 90 degrees.