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Cubs' Kyle Hendricks to start Game 3; Game 4 starter still in air

NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks will start Game 3 of the NLCS against the New York Mets, manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday afternoon.

Hendricks pitched Game 2 in the Cubs' NLDS victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up three solo home runs in 4 2/3 innings, although the Cubs won 6-3.

Maddon wouldn't commit to a Game 4 starter for Wednesday, but Jason Hammel is the favorite to take the ball.

"More than likely he will pitch Game 4, but I still want to talk to him and play it all the way through," Maddon said.

Hammel's role in the second half of the season has been reduced, and he lasted only three innings in the Cubs' Game 4 victory over the Cardinals. But the Cubs don't have many other options, other than throwing a "bullpen day," in which several relievers pitch.

The other option is to bring Jon Lester back on three days' rest. Maddon was asked whether that was an option.

"I'm not planning on that right now, no," he said.

Hendricks will face Jacob deGrom at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.