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Anthony Castrovince

'Pen putting Dodgers in prime WS position

LA demonstrating possibility of October success without dazzling starting-pitching performance

'Pen putting Dodgers in prime WS position

CHICAGO -- Two wins away from their first Fall Classic appearance since 1988, and the Dodgers have yet to see one of their starting pitchers -- the great Clayton Kershaw included -- go seven innings in a start. In fact, Kershaw's 6 1/3-inning appearance against the D-backs was the only one in which a Dodgers starter went more than five frames.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA looks to Yu as it hits Chicago with 2-0 edge

LA looks to Yu as it hits Chicago with 2-0 edge

The Dodgers still haven't lost this postseason, and now they take their two-game lead in the hunt for a pennant on the road, where the Cubs hope their opportunistic opponent finally runs into a brick wall.

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Mike Petriello

Dominant Jansen using slider more, cutter less

LA relief ace allowed just .057 average against slider in 2017

Dominant Jansen using slider more, cutter less

There has rarely been any trickery to Kenley Jansen's game, and it has rarely mattered. He throws his cutter basically all the time, in any and all counts. The hitters know it's coming, and when. It hasn't made a difference. It is, quite possibly, baseball's most unhittable pitch.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA motivated by tough Wrigley Field memories

Dodgers looking to flip script after being eliminated in Chicago in 2016

LA motivated by tough Wrigley Field memories

CHICAGO -- Clinching a National League pennant at home would be epic, especially after a 29-year drought. But if karma counts, it would be fitting for the Dodgers, who were eliminated by the Cubs at Wrigley Field last year, to eliminate the Cubs at Wrigley this year.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Injured Seager not traveling to Chicago

All-Star shortstop hasn't begun baseball activities due to back sprain

Injured Seager not traveling to Chicago

CHICAGO -- Injured Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has still not begun baseball activities and did not make the team flight to Chicago, where the National League Championship Series with the Cubs resumes tonight.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maeda's seamless move to 'pen boosting LA

Maeda's seamless move to 'pen boosting LA

This isn't the role Kenta Maeda envisioned for himself in October. He's thriving in it, just the same.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Where does Turner's heroic homer rank?

Where does Turner's heroic homer rank?

Justin Turner grew up in Southern California -- a Dodgers fan whose first real memory was being at his grandmother's home on the night of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and watching Kirk Gibson limp to home plate in the bottom of the ninth and deliver a walk-off home run that sparked the Dodgers en route to their last World Series championship in franchise history.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On a roll, Darvish can lead LA to 3-0 NLCS lead

Righty re-establishing dominance at right time as LA looks to move one win from World Series

On a roll, Darvish can lead LA to 3-0 NLCS lead

AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oct. 16 Dave Roberts workout day interview

Oct. 16 Dave Roberts workout day interview

Q. As you go into these next three games, is Kenta someone you feel comfortable going with on back-to-back days, or is that still something you guys are trying to sort out his availability?

DAVE ROBERTS: Kenta, yes. Kenta is available and back-to-back, he's resilient. So, yeah, depending on how much he's used in a particular game. But I think that the back-to-back we're not concerned about.

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Sarah's Take: Roberts outmanaging Maddon

Sarah's Take: Roberts outmanaging Maddon

After the Dodgers' dramatic ninth-inning victory over the Cubs, the National League Championship Series moves to Wrigley Field. The Dodgers, whose home-field advantage has been evident throughout the 2017 postseason, hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Sarah D. Morris can be reached at sarahmorris27@gmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oct. 16 Yu Darvish workout day interview

Oct. 16 Yu Darvish workout day interview

Q. Yu, what has been the biggest difference in how you pitch now compared to when you were traded to the Dodgers?

YU DARVISH: I think the biggest difference is that the pitch that I use I throw for strikes, and that's my main priority right now, I think that's what I'm doing well compared to what I was doing before, throwing those pitches for strikes.

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LA-'88 show! Turner 9th-inning HR wins G2

LA-'88 show! Turner 9th-inning HR wins G2

LOS ANGELES -- Even at age 90, Tom Lasorda knows a historic home run when he sees one. The Hall of Fame manager said Justin Turner's walk-off three-run homer that gave the Dodgers a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium and a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series reminded him of the one Kirk Gibson hit into immortality in Game 1 of the World Series 29 years ago to the day.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Turner joins Gibson in Dodgers' walk-off lore

Club's 2nd game-ending postseason HR comes 29 years after first

Turner joins Gibson in Dodgers' walk-off lore

LOS ANGELES -- There were no fist pumps from Justin Turner as he rounded second base on Sunday night. Dodger Stadium shook like it was 1988, nonetheless.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lights-out bullpen saving Dodgers in NLCS

Relievers haven't allowed a hit in eight innings of work

Lights-out bullpen saving Dodgers in NLCS

LOS ANGELES -- At the risk of jinxing it, the Dodgers' bullpen has a no-hitter through eight innings of work during the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Throwback jack is Eck of a thing

Dodgers walk off, 4-1, against Cubs on Turner's homer in Game 2

Throwback jack is Eck of a thing

LOS ANGELES -- "Until you do it," Dennis Eckersley said, "you just don't know what it's like."

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Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA ballgirls back to work after Vegas tragedy

LA ballgirls back to work after Vegas tragedy

LOS ANGELES -- Tucked down the baselines of Dodger Stadium, you'll find Christina Zambrana and Amy Moore sitting on buckets during a Dodgers game.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers fan gives Turner back Game 2 HR ball

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Dodgers fan gives Turner back Game 2 HR ball

The Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday had a definite "storybook" feel to it -- mostly due to the way it ended.

When Justin Turner blasted a three-run, walk-off homer against John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 series lead, it just so happened to be on the 29th anniversary -- to the day -- of Kirk Gibson's fabled shot in the 1988 World Series. A well-positioned Dodgers fan in the center-field bleachers came down with the baseball, no doubt an already classic moment in Dodgers postseason history, with a very strong effort: 

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Dodgers' patient approach paying off in NLCS

Lineup draws 9 walks in Game 2 win over Cubs

Dodgers' patient approach paying off in NLCS

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' offensive philosophy in the postseason has been simple: Keep the line moving.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Turner hits postseason walk-off on Gibson date

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Turner hits postseason walk-off on Gibson date

Prior to Sunday night, it'd been a long time since the Dodgers won a postseason game on a walk-off homer. 

How long? Well, their most recent on record was Kirk Gibson's Game 1 blast off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series.

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DYK? Facts, figures about NLCS Game 2

Turner, Russell add to lofty postseason stats

DYK? Facts, figures about NLCS Game 2

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitch of the Night: Hill baffles Rizzo with curve

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Pitch of the Night: Hill baffles Rizzo with curve

Although Rich Hill is a nice cheerleader, he's an even better pitcher, and he had the chance to show off his skills on Sunday night in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The Dodgers won, 4-1, and Hill played a pivotal role in limiting the dangerous Cubs offense to one run.

Hill set a new career-high for most strikeouts in a playoff game with eight, as he held his old team to one run on three hits over five innings of work. He set the tone from the get-go with this devastating pitch to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning.

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NLCS Game 2: Jansen, Turner interview

NLCS Game 2: Jansen, Turner interview

Q. I'm going to just bring up the fact that you both have shirts on that have other teammates' numbers and names on them. It seems like all season it's been all about you guys all the time. Just address some of that; that it's not one guy, it's really all of you.

JUSTIN TURNER: Yeah, I actually had to go into Yasi's locker to get this one. I can still smell his cologne that he put on it. But, yeah, this team's incredible. All season long it hasn't been about one guy. It's a group of guys all showing up to the field and figuring out a way to win a ballgame one night at a time. You know, we've been pretty good at that so far.

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NLCS Game 2: Roberts postgame interview

NLCS Game 2: Roberts postgame interview

Q. Your bullpen's just been lights out. One batter allowed to reach base in this series. What are they doing to shut down this Cubs offense?

DAVE ROBERTS: They're just executing pitches and they're ready when called upon and they're competing. It's a close-knit group down there. Josh Bard, our bullpen coach, has done a fantastic job with those guys, along with Rick Honeycutt. And just the preparation. Those guys know exactly what they want to do, and they're going out there and executing.

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Turner fouls pitch that breaks Camping World sign

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Turner fouls pitch that breaks Camping World sign

Between crushing the walk-off three-run homer and driving in all four of the Dodgers' runs during their 4-1 victory, Justin Turner had a pretty incredible Sunday night. It was not without its damages, though.

In the seventh inning, Turner batted against Pedro Strop, trying to break the 1-1 tie with Chris Taylor on first base and two outs. The National League Championship Series is presented by Camping World, so, in what we can only assume was a noble effort to draw some subtle attention to it, Turner fouled Strop's 0-1 pitch straight back into the Camping World sign behind home plate.

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Cubs-Dodgers NLCS G2: In Real Life

Cubs-Dodgers NLCS G2: In Real Life

The Dodgers defended home field through two games of the National League Championship Series, beating the Cubs, 4-1. The NLCS presented by Camping World continues on Tuesday night from Wrigley Field. MLB.com was on the scene Sunday in and around Dodger Stadium.

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Justin Turner clearly loves the big stage, and the stage doesn't get much bigger than it did on Sunday night. The Dodgers third baseman smashed a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead. It came on the heels of a curious decision by Cubs manager Joe Maddon, to use John Lackey in relief with Wade Davis available in the bullpen. Lackey served up Los Angeles' first walk-off of any kind in the postseason since the 2009 NLDS. The Dodgers are two games away from the World Series -- as close as they've been at any point since their last championship in 1988.

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Dodgers' Gm. 1 win Puig-powered, Taylor-made

Dodgers' Gm. 1 win Puig-powered, Taylor-made

LOS ANGELES -- Dealt a pregame blow when injured shortstop Corey Seager was left off the roster and an in-game setback when Albert Almora Jr. took Clayton Kershaw deep, the Dodgers rallied to beat the Cubs, 5-2, behind home runs from Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig in Game 1 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Since the LCS expanded to the best-of-seven format 31 years ago, the team that won Game 1 of the NLCS has a 22-9 record. The Dodgers are 3-1 in the NLCS when they win the opener, and the Cubs are 0-3 when they lose the opener.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Puig makes star turn on baseball's big stage

Slugger sparks Dodgers with bat, emotion in Game 1 of NLCS

Puig makes star turn on baseball's big stage

LOS ANGELES -- Has Yasiel Puig ever had more fun playing baseball than he is right now? As a matter of fact, yes, he has.

"When I was 5 years old," Puig quipped, breaking into the same wry grin that has become a staple at Dodgers games over the past month.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Unsung hero' Taylor boosts Dodgers in Gm. 1

'Unsung hero' Taylor boosts Dodgers in Gm. 1

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor put Major League Baseball fans on notice in the Dodgers' 5-2 win in Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

If you haven't heard of Taylor, it's likely you've heard of him now, after he launched a 97 mph fastball from Cubs right-hander Hector Rondon a projected 401 feet to right-center for a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning.

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Joe Posnanski

Dodgers writing their own feel-good story

LA bounces back from sting of losing Seager to win NLCS opener

Dodgers writing their own feel-good story

LOS ANGELES -- Before this season began, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was trying to explain how crummy last year's National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cubs felt.

It wasn't crummy just because the Dodgers squandered a 2-1 series lead, losing three straight games by a combined score of 23-6. It wasn't crummy just because Zaidi and others felt like the Dodgers had chances, real chances, to beat the Cubs. And it wasn't crummy just because it marked the 28th consecutive season that the Dodgers -- a proud organization that sees itself as a perennial championship team -- was unable to reach the World Series.

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Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill seeks repeat of NLCS dominance vs. Cubs

Hill seeks repeat of NLCS dominance vs. Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- A year ago, Rich Hill pitched the Dodgers to the apex of their season and the closest they've come to a World Series berth in 29 years. Facing the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, Hill turned in a gem -- six two-hit frames that pushed Los Angeles to a 2-1 series lead.

Things caved in on the Dodgers rather quickly after that. The Cubs won three straight to reach the World Series, and Hill didn't take the ball again, leaving him only to ponder the Game 7 start-that-might-have-been.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.