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Dodgers beat Cubs for 3-0 NLCS lead

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(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish stood center stage Tuesday night and realized he couldn't allow his already hostile surroundings to become any more energized.

Giving up a first-inning home run that forced the Los Angeles Dodgers to play from behind for the third straight game didn't help. However, Darvish quickly was able to silence Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs, putting the Dodgers on the verge of their first World Series appearance since 1998.

Darvish allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, and Chris Taylor homered and drove in two runs as the Dodgers moved to within a victory of the National League pennant with a 6-1 victory over the defending World Series champion Cubs.


Yankees rally from 4 down to even ALCS

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- As their slumps lingered, questions about Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez persisted.

Can they handle the pressure of postseason games? Will they get out of their skids before it is too late?


Bullpen fails Astros in Game 4 collapse

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- In the sixth inning Tuesday, the specter of Houston Astros co-aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander loomed over the remainder of the American League Championship Series.

Then the seventh and eighth innings of Game 4 happened, and the New York Yankees' bullpen-heavy blueprint suddenly looked a little sturdier than the Astros' top-heavy rotation approach.


Dodgers on verge of ending WS drought

(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- Twenty-nine years have gone by since the Los Angeles Dodgers last reached the World Series.

During that time, half a dozen presidents have lived in the White House. The Berlin Wall came down. Something called the Internet turned out to be pretty important.


BoSox's Ramirez, Rodriguez have surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Boston Red Sox first baseman and designated hitter Hanley Ramirez underwent successful left shoulder surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, the team announced.

Ramirez, 33, had a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla.


Maddon expects to be fined for comments

(TSX / STATS) -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday he expects to get fined for his comments criticizing a call at home plate getting overturned in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Charlie Culberson scored the final run of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-2 win after it was ruled Chicago catcher Willson Contreras did not clear a path to home plate.


Injured Dodger SS Seager off NLCS roster

(TSX / STATS) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers left All-Star shortstop Corey Seager off their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs due to an injured back, the team announced Saturday.

Seager suffered a back injury on Monday night in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was injured on a first-inning slide into second base but played the entire game.


Ex-White Sox P Webb dies in ATV accident

(TSX / STATS) -- Daniel Webb, who pitched from 2013-16 for the Chicago White Sox, died Saturday night in an ATV accident in Humphreys County, Tenn.

According to WKRN in Nashville, police said Webb was killed when his ATV hit an object in the woods. The ATV rolled over and Webb broke his neck.


Cubs plane diverted due to medical issue

(TSX / STATS) -- The Chicago Cubs' overnight flight to Los Angeles lasted into Friday afternoon before arriving more than five hours behind schedule.

The United charter plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 12:09 p.m. PT (3:09 p.m. ET) after a five-hour stop in Albuquerque, N.M. when a person on board became ill.