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10/27/2016 Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF
Schwarber won't be in the starting lineup for the three World Series games this weekend at Wrigley Field after he was denied medical clearance to play the outfield following his return from knee surgery.

Analysis: Schwarber tore a pair of knee ligaments on April 7 and returned in Tuesday's Series opener. He was 3 for 7 with a double, two RBIs and two walks as the designated hitter in the first two games at Cleveland, but with the shift to Wrigley Field, there will be no DH. Schwarber will be used as a pinch hitter.
10/27/2016 Shawn Tolleson, Tex, P
Tolleson has been granted free agency after declining an outright minor league assignment. The move Thursday came a day after the Rangers announced that Tolleson had cleared outright waivers and would be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Analysis: Tolleson was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 appearances this year. The 28-year-old right-hander had 35 saves in 2015, and 11 more this season, but lost the closer job to Sam Dyson after blowing saves in consecutive appearances in mid-May. After time away from the team to be with his father, who was dealing with cancer, Tolleson later was sent to the minors. He missed the rest of the season after going on the 60-day disabled list because of a lower back sprain.
10/27/2016 Jason Heyward, ChC, RF
Heyward came off the bench in the Cubs' Game 2 World Series win and went 0-for-2.

Analysis: Cubs manager Joe Maddon started Jorge Soler in right field in Game 2 after starting Chris Coghlan there in Game 1. Heyward is hitting .067 (2 for 30) through 10 postseason games.
10/27/2016 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
Arrieta carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in the Cubs' 5-1 over the Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Arrieta, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, briefly invoked Don Larsen's name by flirting with one deep in October before the Indians touched him for two hits and a run. The 30-year-old coasted through five innings without allowing a hit, and his no-hit bid was the longest in a Series game since Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets tossed six no-hit innings in 1969.
10/27/2016 Ben Zobrist, ChC, 2B
Zobrist had two more hits for the Cubs in Wednesday's 5-1 Game 2 win.

Analysis: Zobrist, who also walked, is now 5 for 8 with a triple and double in the World Series.
10/27/2016 Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF
Schwarber, who made it back for Chicago's long-awaited World Series return after missing six months with an injured left knee, hit an RBI single in the third off Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs' three-run fifth in Wednesday's 5-1 Game 2 win.

Analysis: In Game 1, Schwarber doubled and walked. ''No, it's not that easy, first off. Baseball's a crazy game,'' he said. Schwarber might wind up on the bench after two days as the DH for Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Friday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon loves the way he's swinging but isn't sure he's ready to play in the outfield. ''That's something I'm waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical side, because obviously he looks good,'' he said.
10/27/2016 Kyle Hendricks, ChC, P
Hendricks gets the ball Friday night, when the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.

Analysis: Hendricks is coming off his brilliant performance in Game 5 of the NLCS when he pitched two-hit ball for seven innings as the Cubs clinched their first pennant in 71 years. The right-hander led the majors with a 2.13 ERA and has a 1.65 ERA in three postseason outings. He has a 1.37 ERA in 18 starts at Wrigley - including the playoffs.
10/27/2016 Trevor Bauer, Cle, P
Bauer started for Cleveland in the Indians' Game 2 loss to the Cubs in the World Series and had a rough and brief outing. In 3 2/3 innings, Bauer threw 87 pitches and gave up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Analysis: Nine days after he walked off the mound with his stitched-up right pinkie dripping blood as if in some horror flick, Bauer never got into a flow against the Cubs. He started six of his first nine batters with balls while scattering pitches high, low and wide. He is scheduled to take the ball again Sunday in Game 5.
10/27/2016 Mike Napoli, Cle, 1B
Napoli had a pair of singles in the Indians' Game 2 loss to the Cubs in the World Series.

Analysis: Napoli, who also walked once, is batting .206 with a homer and two RBIs in 10 postseason games.
10/26/2016 Corey Kluber, Cle, P
Indians manager Terry Francona says Kluber is ''all set'' to start Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Analysis: Kluber tossed six innings in Cleveland's 6-0 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Francona removed Kluber after 88 pitches. Kluber is 3-1 in the postseason and lowered his ERA to 0.74 while scattering four hits and striking out nine without issuing a walk. Starting him in Game 4 opens the possibility of Kluber getting the nod again if the series goes the full seven games.
10/26/2016 Jason Heyward, ChC, RF
Heyward won't be in the starting lineup for a second straight night when the Cubs play Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Analysis: Heyward also didn't start Chicago's Game 6 clincher over the Dodgers in the NLCS, and it's clear that Joe Maddon is losing faith in the slumping outfielder. Heyward is 2 for 28 this postseason and hitting .165 in 97 overall at-bats since Sept. 5.
10/26/2016 Jorge Soler, ChC, LF
Soler is batting eighth and starting in right field for the Cubs in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series.

Analysis: Soler will get his chance to replace the slumping Jason Heyward after Chris Coghlan got the nod in Game 1. The Cuban defector hasn't done much at the plate either this postseason, going 0 for 8 with three strikeouts.
10/26/2016 Willson Contreras, ChC, C
Contreras is in the Cubs' lineup for Game 2 of the World Series, with the rookie catching and batting seventh.

Analysis: The move is a little surprising considering Miguel Montero usually catches Game 2 starter Jake Arrieta. The Cubs need offense, though, and Contreras has been one of their better hitters this postseason. The 24-year-old is 9 for 22 with a home run and four RBIs in 11 playoff games.
10/26/2016 Roberto Pérez, Cle, C
Perez hit two homers and drove in four runs in the first Game 1 of a World Series ever played in Cleveland. The Indians took the opener 6-0 on Tuesday.

Analysis: Perez slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning and added a three-run blast in the eighth. After hitting three home runs in the regular season, Perez now has three in the postseason.
10/26/2016 José Ramírez, Cle, 3B
Ramirez turned things around after struggling in the ALCS. He went 3 for 4 with a double in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Cubs in the World Series.

Analysis: Ramirez had gone just 1 for 17 in the five-game series versus Toronto.
10/26/2016 Francisco Lindor, Cle, SS
Lindor came up big with three hits - including a double - in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series.

Analysis: Lindor is red hot with six hits in his last two games. He's also 12 for 27 with three doubles over his last seven playoff contests.
10/25/2016 Jon Lester, ChC, P
Lester was shaky in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, allowing three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Indians.

Analysis: Lester, the NLCS co-MVP, fell to 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts this postseason.
10/25/2016 Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF
Schwarber made the Cubs look smart for inserting him into the fifth spot in Game 1 of the World Series when he hit a double off the wall in his second at-bat.

Analysis: Schwarber, however, struck out twice in a 6-0 loss to the Indians. He fanned in a key spot as the tying run in the eighth inning against Andrew Miller.
10/25/2016 Ben Zobrist, ChC, 2B
Zobrist was one of the lone bright spots with three hits in Chicago's 6-0 loss in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Zobrist boosted his average from .167 to .225 in the postseason with this performance. Game 2 is Wednesday in Cleveland.
10/25/2016 Trevor Bauer, Cle, P
Bauer tested his pinkie finger - notoriously hurt while he was tinkering with a drone before the ALCS - during a simulated game Monday and said he's ready to start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Analysis: He wore gauze over the finger - a no-no during an actual game - just to see if it could withstand the pressure placed on it when Bauer grips the ball and lets it rip. ''We took it off and it was completely white, so it was a non-issue,'' Bauer said. That was hardly the case in Game 3 of the ALCS, when Bauer lasted all of two outs and 21 pitches, the still fresh wound ripping open and caking Bauer's jersey, pants and portions of the mound in blood.
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