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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.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Así alinean Los Angeles Dodgers en el Juego 5 de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional vs Chicago Cubs, que aventajan 3-0. Notar que regresan a la alineación inicial Logan Forsyhe, Kike Hernández, Austin Barnes y Charlie Culberson. 1.- Chris Taylor CF 2.- Justin Turner 3B 3.- Cody Bellinger 1B 4.- Yasiel Puig RF 5.- Logan Forsythe 2B 6.- Kike Hernández LF 7.- Austin Barnes C 8.- Charlie Culberson SS 9.- Clayton Kershaw P

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss scripting out how a game might play out.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has his righty lineup on the scorecard for tonight's Game 5 with Jose Quintana going for the Cubs. That means the only lefties in the starting group are 1B Cody Bellinger and SP Clayton Kershaw. Funny, but for all the problems L.A. had against lefties last season, at this point in time their group against southpaws feels like the stronger one. We will see soon if tonight it's strong enough to get them to the World Series.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Yesterday, Joe Maddon quoted Shakespeare and Ricky Bobby during his media sessions. Today? Mark Twain, who the Cubs manager said he would like to have a drink with sometime.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Dice el manager de los Cubs Joe Maddon reconoce que deben preocuparse por fabricar carreras pero que tampoco es que solo estén produciendo con jonrones como plan, sino que así se han presentado las circunstancias. Todas las carreras de los Cubs han sido empujadas con cuadrangulares en la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional contra Los Ángeles Dodgers.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Joe Maddon with a very important point about postseason baseball decisions before NLCS Game 5: "Even if something doesn't work out, it doesn't mean it was wrong."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester on what makes the Dodgers lineup so tough to face: "They don't chase pitches."

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Los Chicago Cubs tienen lista su alineación para tratar de sobrevivir otra vez a la eliminación frente a Los Angeles Dodgers en la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Habrá Juego 5 de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional entre Dodgers y Cachorros este jueves. Los Cachorros mandaran a la loma a su abridor José Quintana y los Dodgers va con su as, Claytob Kershaw. El partido también en Wrigley Field.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

For the last time this series -- and possibly the final time this postseason -- it's game day at Wrigley Field.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist in the OF along with Albert Almora Jr against Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 tonight.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski are old friends, but La Russa isn't interested in managing Red Sox — or any other team. "Passed the managerial baton," La Russa wrote in an e-mail. "I'm done." The Hall of Fame manager announced Wednesday he will leave his position in the Diamondbacks front office when his contract expires at month's end. La Russa, 73, hasn't managed since 2011 with the Cardinals.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yes, Joe Maddon quoted Ricky Bobby postgame: Once you've said "with all due respect," you can say whatever you want.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade Davis used Kris Bryant's bat to hit in the eighth. It went nine pitches before he struck out looking:"Yeah, I gave up after a while."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras on Curtis Granderson striking out on the pitch after a controversial foul-tip call extended the Dodgers outfielder's at-bat: "The ball never lies."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Javier Baez broke out of his slump in a big way with two home runs and admitted it's been hard to focus on baseball with everything going on in Puerto Rico. "Before the playoffs, I was ready to go home. My whole family is there," he said. He got his mother out but says, "After the season I will go home and help my people."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Joe Maddon could tell by the reaction from Dodgers hitters on their swings and misses that Jake Arrieta had great movement on his pitches very early on and that he knew Arrieta had to go deep to win this game.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on the explanation on the foul tip: "I'm not here to bang on umpires, but that can't happen. The process was terrible. If Granderson hits a home run there I might come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstop."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Cubs still have a tough hill to climb in this series, but 3-1 sure feels a lot more attainable than 3-0 did, especially for a team that came back from down 3-1 to win the World Series last fall.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts on the defeat: "It's a good feeling when we wake up tomorrow and know Clayton will be taking the mound." Kershaw lost the decisive Game 6 of the NLCS last year at Wrigley, but gets to start this one with a comfortable lead in the series and less pressure. Maybe he'll finally have that signature postseason moment.