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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

This is Clayton Kershaw's sixth NLCS start since 2013. In three of those, the Dodgers were shut out. Last year, he beat the Cubs 1-0. The Dodgers won his first start 5-2, but scored three of those runs after he left the game. In other words, this 2-0 lead is the biggest Kershaw has had in an NLCS game in recent years.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Walking platoon split Kike Hernandez pushes the Dodgers' lead to 2-0 with a solo homer to center to start the second inning. Hernandez hit .159 with one homer off righties this season, but .270 with 10 homers off lefties. Given the state of the respective bullpens, the pressure is intensifying on the Cubs.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

How big was the Dodgers' early run in NLCS Game 5? According to ESPN Stats & Info, The Dodgers went 14-1 during the regular season and are 1-0 in the postseason when they score first in Clayton Kershaw starts.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw worked around a one-out walk of Cubs LF Kyle Schwarber to put up a scoreless first in 18 pitches. He hit 95 to 96 with his fastball four times. The Dodgers' ace looks amped up. You can't blame him.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw walks Kyle Schwarber on a 96-mph 3-2 fastball and Cubs fans are trying to get a "Ker-shawwww ... Ker-shawwww" chant going between pitches.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Well, that didn't take long. Three batters into NLCS Game 5, the Dodgers have given Clayton Kershaw a lead to work with on Cody Bellinger's RBI double to right.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time in the NLCS, the Dodgers strike first. Cody Bellinger lined a double into the right-field corner to score Chris Taylor from first base. Bellinger ended up at third on the throw. He's there with one out and Yasiel Puig at the dish.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's still a nice night for Chicago in mid-October, but the temperature is considerably cooler and the wind isn't blowing out quite as much as in Games 3 or 4, which could cut down on the number of home runs we see tonight.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to keep an eye on: According to ESPN Stats & Info, Clayton Kershaw has allowed first-pitch 14 hits, including four homers, since the start of September. That's the most of any MLB pitcher. In his Game 1 start, the Cubs swung at just three of 20 first pitches against Kershaw.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Will the Cubs fly the W tonight?

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cubs fans are streaming into Wrigley Field for Game 5 with one thought in mind: Send the NLCS back to Los Angeles.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's not at 2016 postseason levels, but there is certainly more energy in the air in Wrigleyville tonight than prior to the past two NLCS games in Chicago.

Leonte Landino ESPN Deportes 

Still not official anything about Alex Cora and the Red Sox. Cora has not been notified about anything from the Red Sox organization. All rumors so far. Sources say it is expected his designation as the new manager but nothing official yet.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

The Dodgers' lumber yard.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig, a man in constant motion:

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

La afición mexicana a los Dodgers se hace presente en el Wrigley Field de Chicago para la Serie de Campeonato contra los Cubs, como José Ricardo y Cristina, que viajaron de Monterrey para los Juegos 4 y 5.

ESPN Stats and Information  

This will be Clayton Kershaw's first career start with a chance to clinch on the road. He locked down his only career save (including regular season) in Game 5 of the NLDS last year against the Nationals. This is Kershaw's 3rd career appearance and 2nd career start in a potential clincher in his postseason career overall. Dodgers are 2-0 in his previous 2 appearances.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Last night, all the Dodgers execs were on the field during BP. Tonight it's Theo Epstein perhaps feeling a momentum swing in the series:

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig never stops:

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Tommy Lasorda is giving some pregame advice to a Dodgers team that is one win from earning its first World Series berth since he managed L.A. to the 1988 Fall Classic.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Así practica el novato sensación de los Dodgers Cody Bellinger y el resto de sus compañeros previo al quinto de la Serie Divisional contra los Cubs.

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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Dave Roberts said of his team ahead of a chance to clinch a World Series berth in NLCS Game 5: 'We're excited.'

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Taylor is back in center field for Game 5 after playing the shortstop the past two games. He says a key to being able to move back and forth between positions is that he tries to take groundballs every day during batting practice. "I think that's something you can lose in a hurry," he said.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist takes some swings before Game 5. He hasn't had a lot of chances hitting right handed lately but he will tonight against Clayton Kershaw.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts recalled the first time he met Tommy Lasorda, back in spring training of 2002 when he was playing for the Dodgers. "He called me the Okinawa Kid" and told Roberts he had to learn to hit curveballs. "I don't think he learned my name until I became manager," Roberts joked.