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10/8/2015 | Moments that will matter in NLDS Game 1

Jon Lester's last start of 2014 and his first start of 2015 exposed a potentially critical hole in the veteran left-hander's game and prompted a question that will inevitably follow him throughout the playoffs.

10/8/2015 | Top prospect Martinez is headed to Cubs

Cuban outfield prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has signed with the Chicago Cubs for $3 million, according to industry sources. The Cubs did not confirm the deal. Martinez agreed to terms on a signing bonus worth $2.5 million over the weekend with the Giants and later changed his mind.

10/8/2015 | Game 3 start time based on other DS outcomes

The Cubs will play their first postseason game at Wrigley Field since 2008 on Monday, and the start time is a little fluid. If there are four postseason games on Monday, Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and the Cardinals will start at 5:07 p.m. CT. If there are only two or three postseason games on Monday, the game will begin at 3:37 p.m. CT.

10/8/2015 | Lester: One start won't define my time in Chicago

When the Cubs signed Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal this offseason, this was what they had in mind. Maybe they didn't expect it so soon, but Lester came to Chicago to help the Cubs push through the postseason.

10/8/2015 | Relaxed Maddon says pressure off in NLDS

A day after managing his team to a 4-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Maddon was at his easygoing best as the Cubs and Cardinals prepared for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, live Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on TBS.

10/8/2015 | Cubs-Cards: 10 most compelling moments

They've played more than 2,300 times, but the Cubs and Cardinals have never played any games that mean more than the ones they're going to play over the next week. Yet along the way the Cubs and Cardinals have built one of baseball's greatest rivalries, with passion on the field and in the stands whether playing for first place or bragging rights alone.

10/8/2015 | Hendricks, Arrieta lined up for Games 2, 3

Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday against the Cardinals, and not Jason Hammel, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday.

10/8/2015 | NLDS: Cubs-Cardinals position by position

The Cardinals and Cubs -- who will square off in the National League Division Series beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on TBS -- combined to win 197 games this season. It's the most combined wins by Division Series opponents since the Cards and Dodgers won 198 in 2004.

10/8/2015 | Arrieta-Carpenter bond faces playoff test

When Jake Arrieta and Matt Carpenter were teammates at TCU, they created their own decathlon, including events such as ping pong, foosball and basketball. Since the Cubs acquired Arrieta in July 2013, the two have found themselves going head to head in the National League Central.

10/8/2015 | Statcast ranks Schwarber's clout among best

Though Cubs ace Jake Arrieta once again stole the show with Wednesday night's 4-0 shutout of the Pirates, he had more than enough offensive -- and defensive -- help behind him. While one Cubs rookie crushed his longest home run of the year -- and one of the longest by the Cubs period, per Statcast™ -- as Chicago prevailed in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, a fellow first-year player stepped up defensively to thwart a Pirates rally, while atoning for an earlier defensive miscue.

10/8/2015 | Schwarber's thump leads WC GIF offerings

The Cubs rolled into Pittsburgh for their first postseason game since 2008 and blanked the Pirates, 4-0, on Wednesday night to advance to the National League Division Series against the rival Cardinals.

10/8/2015 | Cubs, Cards meet in postseason for first time

The Cardinals and Cubs will play a National League Division Series more than a century in the making, and it all gets started tonight at 5:30 p.m. CT on TBS, when the former Red Sox ring-bearers, John Lackey and Jon Lester, oppose each other at Busch Stadium. Game 1 is game on for these two NL Central stalwarts. And if their regular-season series is any indication, we're in for a treat.

10/7/2015 | Oct. 7 Kyle Schwarber, Jake Arrieta postgame interview

Kyle Schwarber and Jake Arrieta meet the media after the National League Wild Card Game.

10/7/2015 | Oct. 7 Joe Maddon postgame interview

Joe Maddon meets the media after the National League Wild Card Game.

10/7/2015 | Wild Card win just first step for savvy Cubs

How do you end a 107-year drought? You have to start somewhere, and if this turns out to be The Year, history will record that the beginning of the end came at PNC Park, with Jake Arrieta dominating the Pirates in Wednesday night's 4-0 win in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, as he has so many opponents during a season in which he's made manager Joe Maddon think about Bob Gibson, circa 1968.

10/7/2015 | Amid celebration, Cubs exuding confidence

Jon Lester stood off to the side, discussing the daunting road ahead for the Cubs as his teammates celebrated all around him Wednesday night. With a decade in the Majors and a pair of World Series rings to his credit, the lefty is a grizzled veteran compared to Chicago's kids.

10/7/2015 | Lester ready for battle vs. friend Lackey

Cubs lefty Jon Lester considers Cardinals starter John Lackey one of his best friends in baseball. Lester wanted to make one thing crystal clear on Wednesday, following Chicago's 4-0 victory over the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. "I love him," Lester said. "But, come Friday, we're not friends any more."

10/7/2015 | 'Different cat' Arrieta dominates Pirates

Jake Arrieta had every intention of finishing what he started Wednesday night. In his first postseason game, Arrieta threw a four-hit shutout, striking out 11, to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.

10/7/2015 | 10 cool facts about Arrieta's Wild Card shutout

Jake Arrieta continued his historically dominant run on Wednesday night, spinning a shutout in the Cubs' winner-take-all game against the Pirates.

10/7/2015 | Tale of the Tape: Lackey vs. Lester

Cubs starter Jon Lester and Cardinals starter John Lackey started the 2015 regular season against each other and they'll start Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on TBS. The duo won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox and played 4 1/2 seasons together.

10/7/2015 | Arrieta, Cubs ace Wild Card test vs. Bucs

The Cubs' first step toward their ultimate goal of ending a 107-year World Series championship drought was contentious, yet also decisive. Jake Arrieta weaved his routine spell, and rookie Kyle Schwarber drove in the first three runs -- two on a majestic 450-foot homer out of PNC Park -- and Chicago blanked Pittsburgh, 4-0, in Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.

10/7/2015 | Bucs turned away after big 6th-inning threat

Trailing by four runs, the Bucs loaded the bases with one out against Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning. The rally woke up a quiet PNC Park crowd in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, but Arrieta made the final push, getting Starling Marte to ground into an inning-ending double play.

10/7/2015 | Benches clear after Pirates plunk Arrieta

Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the seventh inning on Wednesday night, when Cubs ace Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch from Pirates reliever Tony Watson.

10/7/2015 | Schwarber, Fowler homers power Cubs

The Cubs adopted an aggressive approach out of the gates on Wednesday night, getting to Pirates ace Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the National League's Wild Card clash at PNC Park.

10/7/2015 | Intriguing lineups for NL Wild Card Game

Here are the lineups for tonight's game between the Cubs and Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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