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Cubs roll, take 3-2 lead back to Wrigley

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOS ANGELES (AP) One win away. Two chances at home. Seven decades of waiting.

The Chicago Cubs closed in on their first World Series trip since 1945 by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday in Game 5 of their National League playoff.

Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings , Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series.


Kershaw offered to pitch Game 5, denied

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw gripped a baseball in his left hand and grimaced while he watched Game 5 of the NL Championship Series from the dugout.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitcher was ready and eager, and he was sitting on three days of rest. Manager Dave Roberts could have deployed him Thursday night in Chavez Ravine and probably again in relief at Wrigley Field.


Jetty in Fernandez crash to be examined

MIAMI (AP) U.S. Coast Guard officials say they'll examine lighting on the Miami Beach jetty involved in a boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men last month.

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas said in a letter this week to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio that the Coast Guard is commissioning a new analysis of the north and south jetties at the entrance to a channel that runs past the southern end of Miami Beach. The letter says an analysis performed last November found that aids to navigation in the area met boaters' needs.


Bautista, Encarnacion among 9 Jays FAs

TORONTO (AP) In back-to-back postseasons, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit the two biggest home runs Blue Jays fans had seen in a generation.

But after making baseball history in Toronto, both might be about to become history in Toronto.


Nats bring back entire coaching staff

WASHINGTON (AP) All seven members of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's major league coaching staff will return to the team for the 2017 season.

The team made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday.


M's keep coaching staff, add Brosius

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners will bring back their entire coaching staff for the 2017 season after the club won 86 games and barely missed the postseason.

The Mariners announced the decision Thursday. Manager Scott Servais said Manny Acta (third base coach), Tim Bogar (bench coach), Casey Candaele (first base coach), Mike Hampton (bullpen coach), Edgar Martinez (hitting coach) and Mel Stottlemyre (pitching coach) will all return in their positions.


Wild Thing Sheen wants to toss 1st pitch

CLEVELAND (AP) Wild Thing is warming up for the Indians.

Actor Charlie Sheen, who played the bespectacled Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League," has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.


Cubs scoreboard operator retiring

CHICAGO (AP) Fred Washington has been surrounded by numbers and cities for decades. Seasons full of ones and twos and zeroes. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Milwaukee, too.

When his beloved Chicago Cubs scored three in the first, Washington put the crooked number in the right spot. When the Cardinals jumped all over the Pirates, Washington told the story, column by column on the hand-operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field.


Celebs among long-suffering Cubs fans

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are trying to do something that hasn't happened in the lifetime of anyone born in the last 108 years: win a World Series.

So naturally, the chance to be part of that history has prompted people who live in Chicago, once lived in Chicago or just rooted for the Cubs from miles away to descend on Wrigley Field or tune in on television.


Indians make World Series, oust Jays 4-1

TORONTO (AP) For the Cleveland Indians, the script was the same every game - hope for the best from whoever they started, then count on Andrew Miller and the bullpen to close it out.

That plan seemed especially dicey in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, with lightly used Ryan Merritt on the mound.

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