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Yu Darvish Baffles Cubs In Game 3 Of NLCS, Dodgers One Game From Sweep

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are just one win away from their first pennant in 29 years after winning 6-1 over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS last night.

Yu Darvish took the mound for the Dodgers and absolutely delivered, tossing 6 1/3 strong innings allowing one run (solo home run in first inning by Kyle Schwarber).

He even made a bit of history:

This pretty much summed up the night for the Cubs, who also committed two errors and allowed two unearned runs.

Also- credit where credit’s due!

OK, so it’s a joke. Still- the humor’s on point!

Pitching legend Pedro Martinez took to Twitter to give his take on Chicago’s lackluster performance:

The offensive star of last night’s game was shortstop Chris Taylor, who went 2 for 5 with a triple, solo home run, and two RBIs. Andre Ethier also went deep for the Dodgers in the game, connecting for a solo dinger in the second to start the scoring for LA.

Tony Watson, Brandon Morrow, Ross Stripling, and Kenley Jansen combined for 2 2/3 scoreless frames out of the pen following Darvish’s exit.

Kyle Hendricks started and lost the game for Chicago, pitching five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with five strikeouts.

Los Angeles will look for a sweep tonight at 9 PM ET, as Alex Wood will get the start for the Dodgers opposed by Jake Arrieta.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been¬†suspended without pay for 40 games,¬†retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave,¬†under Major League Baseball‚Äôs domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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