NOW: Live coverage of NLDS

The Cubs are headed to the NLCS. Who'll join 'em? Don't miss the updates, reactions and notes as the Dodgers and Mets play in Tuesday's other matchup.

Rangers battle in Toronto, Game 5 of ALDS (3:13)
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Monday's Top 5: A day of big bats

Oh, just another day with four playoff games, hours upon hours of hours of baseball excitement, and plenty of offense.

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Caple: Blue Jays hold nothing back to return to Toronto

With their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays came out swinging in their 8-4 Game 4 win against the Rangers. But by pulling R.A. Dickey early for ace David Price, did they handicap their chances of winning Game 5?

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MLB sends message with Utley suspension

MLB's suspension of Chase Utley is a message that it wants to get rid of plays in which baserunners go out of their way to crash into fielders.

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California bans tobacco in stadiums under new law

California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do on its own: Stop players from using smokeless tobacco.


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The Cardinals struck out 13 times in Game 3, which tied a franchise record for a postseason game. And then struck out 15 times today.

Maddon: The feeling is indescribable

Manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs' first-ever postseason series win at Wrigley Field: "Just look around you at this ballpark. Our fans are incredible. This group of players. The ownership. Everything came together at the right time."


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Clayton Kershaw's pitch count is a quite manageable 86 through six innings. Going into the seventh inning of last year's NLDS G 4 it was 94

David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

One of Bartolo Colon's teammate as a rookie was Julio Franco, who was once a teammate of Pete Rose. Pete Rose is 74 years old.

Cubs fans happy to turn tables on Cards

Winning a playoff series at home for the first time in team history was huge for the Cubs. Beating the rival Cardinals in the process was even sweeter.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings in his first career postseason start and may get tagged with a loss for the first time in his major league career. The reality is the Mets were asking a lot from Matz. Matz, the fourth rookie pitcher to start a postseason game in franchise history, had not appeared in a major league game since Sept. 24 due to back spasms. Still, the Mets concluded he was the best option to round out a division-series rotation with deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey. In retrospect, maybe Bartolo Colon would have been the better option.

Kershaw looking good through 5

Daniel Murphy's homer is the only blemish on Clayton Kershaw's start in Game 4 as the lefty has fanned six through 5 innings. The Dodgers lead the Mets 3-1 in the sixth. Follow live


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Jacob deGrom is up and throwing in the Mets bullpen. He is currently scheduled to start Game 5 if there is one.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Juan Lagares with 2-out single in the fifth -- second Mets hit vs Kershaw. Michael Cuddyer hit for Matz.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Turner's four doubles in this series are the most ever for a Dodger in a postseason series. Turner, as of the fifth inning, was 7-for-14 in the series against his former team. The Mets non-tendered Turner in the winter of 2013 and the Dodgers, on the recommendation of coach Tim Wallach, signed him to a minor-league deal.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

An hour and 20 minutes after the final out at Wrigley. And thousands of people are still in the seats. They don't want to leave. And no one is making them.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

The scene from section 132 after the final out. An epic Cubs moment.

There goes Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter

Daniel Murphy rocked a HR for the Mets' first hit of the game in the fourth to cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Citi Field is back on its feet. Follow live


Piscotty has high praise for the Cubs

Said St. Louis' Stephen Piscotty: "I'll be shocked if they're not in the World Series or winning it."


Kershaw keeps Mets' bats quiet ... for now

While Mets starter Steven Matz struggled in the third inning, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw maintained a no-hitter through three to go along with two strikeouts and a walk. Follow live


Let's take a selfie ...

... and why not? The Cubs took down the Cards and will head to their first NLCS since 2003. Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye pose for the picture.


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Me: "Mets spotted Dodgers 3-run lead yesterday." Dodgers writer: "It was a different left-hander yesterday."

Dodgers jump out to lead in must-win Gm. 4

Mets starter Steven Matz cruised through the first two innings, but surrendered his first runs of the game in the third on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI blooper and Justin Turner's 2-RBI double down the left-field line. The Dodgers lead 3-0 in front of a quiet Citi Field crowd. Follow live


Bring on the bubbly

The Cubs are going to the NLCS after closing out the Cards in Game 4 at Wrigley Field. That calls for a champagne celebration. Cheers!