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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.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts said he realized Chris Taylor was a different player on the first day of full-squad workouts when he saw Taylor hitting on a back field. He had changed his swing mechanics and the "ball was really coming off hot." Taylor still started the season in Triple-A, but eventually got called up and, as they say, the rest was actually still a big surprise.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays reunion. Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon doesn't have a closer tonight. It'll be based on matchups. Don't expect a starter to pitch in relief either. He'll have to rely on some arms that have struggled this postseason.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon says he learned from Gene Mauch that you have to play a game three times: before, during and after. Once he gets the lineups, he goes back and starts looking at all the possible matchups that may occur or when pinch-hitters may come in. Yes, he scripts certain things out, but both he and Dave Roberts have said at times you just go with your gut. "You're making your best guess at the moment based on what you know," Maddon said.