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Cardinals’ Martinez takes mound as Cubs seek clinching win

ST. LOUIS — The champagne will be on ice Tuesday night in Busch Stadium when the Cubs face the St. Louis Cardinals, with Chicago trying to clinch its second straight National League Central title. It is taking the Cubs (88-68) much longer to reach this point than it did a year ago, when they poured the bubbly in mid-September and ...

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Darvish dominates Padres as Dodgers reach 100 wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there were any lingering questions about whether Yu Darvish is ready for the playoffs, he answered them Monday night. Darvish pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-3 to reach 100 wins for the first time in 43 years. Los Angeles acquired Darvish from Texas just ...

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Puig expected back for Dodgers Tuesday night

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers went through a surreal streak of success this summer, followed by a freefall from grace that saw them lose 16 of 17 games. Understandably, there was great relief when the team snapped the slide and clinched the National League West last weekend. The focus subsequently was expected to be on locking down home ...

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig benched after late arrival

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig is running into problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again. The star outfielder arrived late to the ballpark Monday and was benched by manager Dave Roberts. Puig was not in the lineup Sunday, either, after a baserunning blunder the previous day. Roberts stopped short of saying Puig got punished Sunday, but made it clear ...

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Postseason field almost set, but HR chases providing drama

It was a rough weekend for any fans hoping for some final-week excitement in the postseason races. The Nationals, Indians, Dodgers and Astros ran away with their divisions a while ago, but one division that was still in play – the NL Central – is now just about settled as well. The Chicago Cubs took three of four in a ...

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