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CHICAGO -- About the time Travis Wood was dousing Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein with champagne Tuesday night, Epstein was explaining the prevailing theory of roster construction. Fake Wholesale Shoes .You build it for 162 (games) and you watch it play out, Epstein said.You build it for the postseason and you pray.So far, so good for the favored Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who advanced to meet in the National League Championship Series after difficult NLDS challenges from San Francisco and Washington, respectively. The first two games of the best-of-seven series are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday night at Wrigley Field.The Cubs beat the Giants in four games with a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, only the second time in playoff history a team had scored four runs in the ninth inning to win a postseason clincher. The Mets did it to the Boston Red Sox in 1986.When you go through these moments, I think they make you better, and it makes you continue to focus, said Cubs catcher David Ross, who homered and hit a sacrifice fly in Game 4. Weve been through a lot of these with comebacks in the ninth. You just continue to grind. It just says a lot about the character of these guys in the young group. They continue to fight.The Cubs, who won a major league-high 103 games in the regular season and have been favored to win the World Series since the playoffs began, have won 10 games this season when they trailed entering the ninth, including Tuesdays game.Not that the Dodgers are fazed by being labeled underdogs.For us, its just a lot of noise, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. I think it comes down to 25 players against one another. It really doesnt matter to us, to (be) quite honest.The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS just as unconventionally, with a 4-3 victory at Washington in Game 5 on Thursday. Trailing 1-0 entering the seventh inning, the Dodgers scored four runs in that inning to go ahead, then held on by using closer Kenley Jansen to get seven outs and set up three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who got the final two outs with the tying run on base.Jansen threw 51 pitches, but Roberts would not rule them out for use this weekend.Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, a top Cy Young candidate, opposes Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda in Game 1. Lester gave up five hits and no walks in eight shutout innings of a 1-0 victory over the Giants in the first game of the NLDS last Friday.Maeda gave up four runs in three innings of the Dodgers Game 3 loss on Sunday and will be pitching on regular rest.The Cubs and Dodgers were eliminated by the NL champion Mets last season. New York beat the Dodgers in five games in the NLDS and then swept the Cubs in four games in the NLCS.The Cubs may need to improve their hitting in order to advance to their first World Series since 1945, although batting averages are normally down in the playoffs because of the quality of pitching.Kris Bryant and Javier Baez had six hits apiece in the Giants series, and Wilson Contreras was 4-for-6. All were major players in the Game 4 rally -- Bryant singled to open the ninth. Ben Zobrist doubled in one run, Contreras singled in two to tie the game, and Baez drove in the game-winner before Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the series.Pitchers have driven in six of the Cubs 17 runs this postseason -- three coming on starter Jake Arrietas three-run homer in Game 3. Dexter Fowler has two hits while Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell all have one through four games.Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was 6-for-15 in the NLDS, and his double drove in the final run Thursday. Joc Pederson, whose homer off Max Scherzer began the Dodgers four-run rally, was 5-for-15. Shortstop Corey Seager, the certain NL Rookie of the Year, was 3-for-23, although two of his hits were homers. Air Jordan 1 Sale . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. Sneakers Sale . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. https://www.wholesaleshoesforcheap.com/nike-shoes-sale/ . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. NEW YORK -- Another blown save by Mariano Rivera. A bunch of boos for Alex Rodriguez. A bevy of runners left on base. All that, and still a win for the New York Yankees. Rodriguez got jeered in his return home and the Yankees overcame Miguel Cabreras crushing home run off Rivera, beating Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night and snapping the Tigers 12-game winning streak. "Well, I hope it jump-starts it a lot," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to win series. We need to win a lot of games moving forward." Cabrera temporarily saved the Tigers by hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Rivera that made it 3-all. Cabrera connected while still hobbling after fouling two balls off his left shin earlier in the at-bat. The reigning Triple Crown winner vs. the all-time saves leader made for great baseball theatre, not that it was a setting Cabrera enjoyed. "No, we want to have the lead in the ninth. You dont want to face Mariano," he said. Cabreras shin was bandaged after the game and he limped through the locker room. Banged up lately, Cabrera said he hoped to play Saturday afternoon. Brett Gardner grounded an RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th to end New Yorks four-game losing streak. The AL Central-leading Tigers were trying for their best string since 1934, when they tied the team record of 14 straight wins. That run ended across the street at the old Yankee Stadium when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each drove in runs to down Detroit. Gardner singled just past Cabreras dive at third base. Al Alburquerque (2-3) took the loss and Shawn Kelley (4-1) got the win. Austin Jackson got three doubles and four hits overall for Detroit. His one-out double began Detroits comeback in the ninth. With some scattered fans wearing No. 13 jerseys, Rodriguez finished 0 for 4 in his first game at Yankee Stadium since last October. The sellout crowd of 46,545 let him have it the whole night, from the moment the lineups were announced to the time he looked at a slider for his third strikeout of the game. Rodriguez left the ballpark without talking to the media. "Alex has had to deal with stuff before. Hes been booed before. He knows what he has to do and I expect him to do it," Girardi said. "Its something he has to be able to put out of his mind and just be a player for us," he said. A-Rod made his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, hours after Major League Baseball handedd him a 211-game drug suspension. Air Max 90 Sale. The three-time AL MVP can play until there is a decision on his appeal, likely after the season. Jayson Nix replaced Rodriguez in the top of the ninth. Nix walked to start the 10th and scored the winning run. Cabrera delivered a most dramatic hit an inning earlier. After a foul ball left him hopping, Cabrera got a checkup from manager Jim Leyland. Fact is, Cabrera almost didnt make it that far -- moments before that, first baseman Lyle Overbay reached over a railing and barely missed catching Cabreras foul pop that wouldve ended the game. But Cabrera regrouped and lined a 2-2 pitch well over the wall in dead centre field, slowly making his way around the bases and silencing the crowd. He drove in Detroits first three runs, and now has 34 homers and 108 RBIs. For Rivera, it was his second straight failure -- the first time that happened since April 2011. Rivera has blown four in 39 chances this year, including a ninth-inning miss Wednesday night in Chicago. "Cabrera put a tough at-bat on him. Fouled a bunch of pitches off. Fouled it off his knee. Fouled it off his foot. He did a good job of getting two strikes. He just couldnt put him away," Girardi said. Gardner finished with three hits, and was glad to pick up Rivera. "I said it two or three days ago in Chicago, and Ill say it again tonight: He probably wont do it again the rest of the season," Gardner said. "Hell probably reel off 15 or 20 straight from here to the end of September." Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed one run in seven innings. He wiggled out of a jam in the first, striking out Victor Martinez and Andy Dirks to leave the bases loaded. Nova cruised until Jackson led off the seventh with a double. Torii Hunter was then called out on strikes and objected to the call by Triple-A fill-in umpire Will Little. After Cabrera followed with an RBI single, Little ejected Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer for hollering from the dugout. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI grounder in the first and Robinson Cano lined a two-run double in the third off Rick Porcello that put the Yankees ahead 3-0. NOTES: There was a 47-minute rain delay at the start. ... Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 2.58) starts Saturday against RHP Phil Hughes (4-10, 4.87). ... The Yankees wore their batting practice hats with the white bills. They did it to honour their partnership with the David C. Koch Foundation, New Era caps and the fight against cancer. ' ' '
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