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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are bringing back Astros bench coach Joe Espada for a second interview for their managerial position, an industry source indicated on Sunday. Espada was the dark horse candidate when the process began but is gaining momentum on favorite David Ross. Cubs brass is more familiar with their other candidates for manager so a second interview with Espada makes sense. The team has not indicated a timeline for hiring someone to replace Joe Maddon. Espada's Astros begin the World Series on Tues.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman was offended by any insinuation that he was ‘laughing' after giving up a walk-off home run to José Altuve in the Yankees' loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS: "That is so stupid. How can anyone possibly think that? We had just fought back to tie Game 6 and were trying to send the series to a Game 7. I don't know what they're referring to, but I was simply in shock. I couldn't believe that happened."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Puerto Rican Pride.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From ESPN editor Matt Marrone on-site in Houston, Jose Altuve celebrates powering the Astros to a walkoff win with his daughter on the field.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

This is what Aroldis Chapman told me about anyone thinking he was "laughing" after giving up the walk-off HR to Altuve: "That is so stupid. How can anyone possibly think that? In the situation we were. I don't know what they're referring to, but I was simply in shock. I couldn't believe that happened."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

ALCS MVP Jose Altuve punched his team's ticket to the World Series with a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman in Game 6. Still, he gave the Yankees closer some props, saying Chapman is so good that even right after homering off him, he still wouldn't want to face him again.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

You can't say the Houston Astros haven't been tested this October, but you can say they haven't been beaten. And now they are on their way to their second World Series in three years. Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman, lifting the Astros to a 6-4 clinching win and the AL flag. Houston moves on to face the Washington Nationals in the World Series, beginning Tuesday.