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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Clayton Kershaw on the importance of Andre Ethier to the Dodgers' success: "I love Dre, man. He's awesome."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

When asked the biggest things Dave Roberts has done since taking over as Dodgers manager, Clayton Kershaw immediately answered that getting through to Yasiel Puig and bringing out the best in the slugger is at the top of the list.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw is the scheduled Game 5 starter and he admits he's in a little bit of a tough spot. He can't anticipate that the Dodgers will finish off the sweep. "I have to expect to pitch and be surprised when we win," he said. "Hopefully it doesn't work out and I won't have to pitch."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is speaking to the media at Wrigley Field. Kershaw is either a few hours from celebrating his first World Series appearance or about 26 hours from taking the mound in Game 5 of the NLCS.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig has had a tremendous postseason, hitting .429 with a .538 OBP. "He's really bought into how important every pitch is," Dave Roberts said. Roberts described how it's been a season-long process. Indeed, Puig improved from a .777 OPS in the first half to .374 in the second half as his strikeout-to-walk improved from 62-33 to 38-31. A disciplined Puig is now a more dangerous hitter.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts on the mind-set of the Red Sox when they were down 3 games to 0 to the Yankees in the 20O4 ALCS: "I think that was a once in a lifetime thing," he said with a little grin.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Joe Maddon says that his hope is to save Jon Lester for a start if the series gets back to Los Angeles with Jake Arrieta starting tonight and Jose Quintana slated if there is a Game 5 tomorrow in Chicago. But the Cubs manager added that 'anything can happen' if it gets far enough along tonight. Both John Lackey and Wade Davis are available for multiple innings tonight.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aaron Judge continues to answer his MVP candidate rival, Jose Altuve. While Altuve looked like the far superior player in the first two games in Houston, Judge is beginning to take over the series in the Bronx. After his big hits in the Yankees' ALCS Game 4 comeback win, Judge added an RBI double in the third to extend the Yankees' lead in Game 5.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Andre Ethier repite en el lineup de los Dodgers, al que ingresa por vez primera en la Serie de Campeonato Grandal. Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Curtis Granderson, Yasmank Grandal, Chase Utley y Alex Wood.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Chicago pitcher Jose Quintana says the Cubs got together as a team and talked today ahead of a must-win Game 4 at Wrigley. The message? One game at a time.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In his third career postseason start against the Yankees, Dallas Keuchel has finally blinked. He allowed a pair of two-out hits -- a double to Starlin Castro and an RBI single to Greg Bird -- in the second inning. Keuchel hadn't given up a run in 14 previous innings against the Yankees in the postseason -- six scoreless innings in the 2015 wild-card game and seven shutout frames in Game 1 of this ALCS.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees jumped on top of the Astros in the second. Against their nemesis, Dallas Keuchel, Starlin Castro smashed a two-out double and then was driven home by Greg Bird, who laced an RBI single to right.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka escaped the first scoring chance of Game 5. The Astros wasted Yuli Gurriel's leadoff double in the second. After Alex Bregman moved Gurriel to third, Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez failed to bring him home. Houston would have liked to have gone out to an early lead to take the Yankee Stadium crowd out of this game.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber remains in the lineup after hitting a home run on Tuesday. He'll bat second again while Albert Almora Jr leads off. Willson Contreras is starting after leaving Game 3 after taking a ball off his shoulder. Jon Jay is in right field as Jason Heyward won't start against lefty Alex Wood. It could be Jake Arrieta's last start as a Cub.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Vuelve Javy Báez a la alineación de los Cubs hoy para el cuarto juego de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional contra los Dodgers, que puede ser el definitivo. Los Dodgers aventajan la serie 3-0 Ilustración de la alineación vía @ChicagoCubs.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

Is it the last day at Wrigley in 2017 or will we be back on Thursday?

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox interviewed Ron Gardenhire today, as expected, a baseball source confirms. Sox are "still discussing" whether to bring in any other managerial candidates beyond Alex Cora, Brad Ausmus and Gardenhire.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Como informamos, Willson Contreras está en la alineación de los Cachorros para su partido de eliminación contra los Dodgers esta noche en Wrigley Field.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Don't mind us. Just watching Aaron Judge launch BP home runs before Game 5 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. A few pitches before this one, he knocked one onto the screen covering Monument Park, and his next time up, he crushed two straight balls way beyond that, into the standing room area above the sports bar in center field. Wow.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Yankees: Alineación para el quinto partido de la Serie de Campeonato contra los Astros. Los Yankees buscan convertirse en el segundo equipo en la historia en remontar un déficit de 0-2 en series de postemporada de forma consecutiva y ganarlas ambas. En 1985, los Reales de Kansas City remontaron contra los Azulejos de Toronto en la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana e hicieron lo mismo en la Serie Mundial para vencer a los Cardenales de San Luis.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Astros: Alineación para el quinto partido de la Serie de Campeonato contra los Yankees de Nueva York. Dallas Keuchel, quien tuvo 10 ponches en el primer partido de la serie, buscará convertirse en el quinto lanzador en la historia con dos partidos de 10 ponches o más contra los Yankees en playoffs, y el primero en hacerlo de forma consecutiva en una misma postemporada.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Me comuniqué con Willson Contreras y me dijo que se siente bien y no está sufriendo de inflamación después de haber recibido un pelotazo en el antebrazo ayer. Contreras me dijo que creía que estaría en la alineación titular de los Cachorros para el partido de eliminación de esta noche contra los Dodgers.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Spoke to Willson Contreras and he told me he woke up feeling fine, with no swelling, after being hit in the forearm during the game last night. Contreras told me he hopes to be in the starting lineup today.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will go with Chase Headley at DH over Matt Holliday in Game 5. Girardi started Holliday against lefty Dallas Keuchel in Game 1.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

There is potentially only one more home game at Wrigley Field in 2017.