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Cubs reach first World Series since 1945

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CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo caught the ball for the final out and Wrigley Field erupted.

"I'm sleeping with this thing tonight," the Chicago Cubs first baseman told the pulsating crowd moments later, kissing the prized souvenir. "Are you kidding me? We're going to the World Series."

Cubs ... World Series? Yes, the Cubbies!


Baez, Lester named co-MVPs of NLCS

CHICAGO (AP) When Jon Lester was a free agent two years ago, one of the reasons he decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs was a group of promising prospects that included all-around dynamo Javier Baez.

Look where they are now.


Schwarber could return for World Series

CHICAGO (AP) One little doctor's appointment for Kyle Schwarber has turned into an intriguing possibility for the Chicago Cubs.

Schwarber is working out in Arizona after major left knee surgery in April, and the Cubs say the slugger with the sweet left-handed swing could be in the mix when Chicago returns to the World Series for the first time since 1945.


Kershaw struggles again in postseason

CHICAGO (AP) Clayton Kershaw's playoff renaissance is over, at least for this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace flopped at a big moment - again.

Kershaw's postseason resume took another hit in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, finishing off the reeling Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs battered the three-time Cy Young Award winner on their way to a 5-0 victory Saturday night, making it 28 years and counting since the Dodgers last won the World Series.


Cubs open as heavy World Series favorite

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Chicago Cubs have opened as heavy favorites to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

John Avello, who makes the odds at the Wynn Las Vegas, set the line Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Dodgers in the clinching Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.


Cubs fans celebrate World Series return

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs fans waited 71 years to celebrate a return to the World Series.

Overjoyed fans streamed out of Wrigley Field and into the streets Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945.


Cubs-Indians winner to break drought

At long, long last, it's true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.

The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year - next century, really - is finally here.


Tribe could get Salazar back for Series

CLEVELAND (AP) After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff may have reinforcements in the World Series.

Starter Danny Salazar, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, has thrown well in recent bullpen sessions and might be able to pitch for the first time in this postseason.


MLB rejects Sheen's first pitch offer

CLEVELAND (AP) Wild Thing will have to stay in the bullpen during the World Series.

While actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League" offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games, Major League Baseball said the choices have already been made.


Tigers hire McClendon as hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.

The moves were announced Friday.