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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The New York Yankees are one win away from returning to the World Series for first time since 2009. The Yankees beat their nemesis Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, to take a 3-2 series advantage in the ALCS. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings, while Keuchel did not make it through five innings.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Three outs from being shoved to the brink of elimination, here are a few gory details for the Astros' offense: 10-for-88 (.114) with 25 strikeouts and 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in Games 3-5; George Springer, Josh Reddick, Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez are a combined 6-for-66 with 14 strikeouts in the series.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

It is no longer a game in the Bronx for the Yankees, as it feels more like a party. All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez smashed a seventh inning homer to extend the Yankees lead. It looks as if the Yankees are well on their way to taking a 3-2 series lead, going to Houston for Game 6 Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Regardless of the outcome of this series Joe Maddon says he wants all his coaches to return next season. He thinks they have great communication within the staff. Maddon was asked about his old pitching coach in TB, Jim Hickey. Hickey was recently let go but the Cubs manager did not indicate any reason we would see him in Chicago next year.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Así se vive el ambiente afuera de Wrigley Field a dos horas del cuarto partido de la Serie de Campeonato de Liga Nacional entre Dodgers y Cubs.

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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

You don't need to be looking at the cage to know when Yasiel Puig is up during batting practice. Everything the Dodgers outfielder hits is loud and far.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What's the best pitcher in baseball do the day before he may or may not pitch Game 5? Player catcher for the coach hitting fungoes:

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

José Quintana será el abridor de los Cubs, si hay quinto partido contra los Dodgers en la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional. El colombiano dijo que si rutina fue totalmente para abrir el jueves, así que no cree que entre a relevar este miércoles, sin importar la situación de partido. Los Cubs enfrentan eliminación esta noche en su Wrigley Field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Keuchel is out, the Astros' bullpen is in. Of the 58 best-of-7 postseason series that have been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won series 41 times (70.7 percent).

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

As of 6:02P CST, there is a strong wind blowing straight out to center at Wrigley Field.

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.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It looks like for the second time today the Cubs had a moment together as a team. They're coming out of the old clubhouse here where they gathered for several minutes before batting practice.

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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.