Baez, Lindor have special baseball connection

Francisco Lindor on one side. Javier Baez on the other. The energy, atmosphere and anticipation all electric. What? You think we're talking about Game 1 of the World Series tonight at 8 ET at Progressive Field? No, no, although that'll be cool, too.

  • experts predict the World Series

    The 112th World Series is almost ready to begin, with the Cubs and the Indians set to get things going with Game 1 at Progressive Field. As we await first pitch, a collection of analysts, columnists and reporters shared their thoughts on who will come out on top.

    10/25/2016 5:45 AM ET

  • If given chance, Tribe to run wild vs. Lester

    Jon Lester's trouble throwing to bases is no secret -- he went the entire 2014 season without a pickoff attempt to first -- and does not require an in-depth advanced scouting meeting to discover. So, as the Indians, one of baseball's elite running teams, prep for facing Lester in Game 1 of the World Series tonight, it absolutely is part of Cleveland's game plan.

    10/25/2016 4:01 AM ET

  • Schwarber heads to Cleveland, may DH in G1

    Kyle Schwarber will be with the Cubs for the World Series and could be the designated hitter tonight for Game 1 tonight at 8 ET on FOX.

    10/25/2016 1:08 AM ET

  • World Series positional breakdown: Cubs vs. Tribe

    You might say it's a matchup that's been decades in the making. One way or another, either Chicago or Cleveland is going to end a historic postseason drought in the World Series. Let's break it down position by position.

    10/25/2016 4:00 AM ET

  • History between Theo, Tito brings intrigue

    After the GM/manager duo of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona teamed up in 2004 to reverse the Red Sox's curse, they meet again in '16 with more history on the line. Epstein's Cubs haven't won a World Series in 108 years. Francona's Indians haven't won one in 68 years. Their curse-breaking abilities are about to be put to the test, and only one of these friends is going to come out on top.

    10/25/2016 4:05 AM ET


  • Don't miss it! Historic World Series is on MLB.TV

    The World Series for the ages begins at 8 p.m. ET tonight with Game 1 between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field, and each FOX broadcast on the way to the drought-busting clincher will be streamed live to eligible subscribers for only $9.99 with the MLB.TV Postseason package.

    10/24/2016 6:14 PM ET

  • Sutcliffe among alumni for both WS clubs

    Although the Indians and Cubs have shared the field just 18 times -- this will be their first meeting in the postseason -- there are a few instances where that history intertwines.

    10/25/2016 5:59 AM ET

  • Way back when: The world in 1908

    The world looks much different since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in October 1908. Here are just a few things that have changed.

    10/25/2016 4:45 AM ET

  • Bat change just part of Rizzo's turnaround

    How did the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo deal with his early postseason struggles? It involves more than Matt Szczur's bat. "The only comment we shared was Rizzo came up to me and said, 'Addy, congrats,'" Cubs shortstop Addison Russell said Monday. "I was like, 'Congrats for what?' And he said, 'Congrats on getting as many hits as me.'"

    10/25/2016 4:00 AM ET

  • Fowler Cubs' first African-American in Series

    The Cubs had just secured their first World Series appearance since 1945, and as Saturday night became early Sunday morning, Dexter Fowler could not stop scrolling through Twitter. As he sifted through the congratulations and the celebrating fans, he came across a surprising fact.

    10/25/2016 4:03 AM ET


  • Fall Classic reunion fitting for Chapman, Miller

    When Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller took off the Yankees pinstripes and said their goodbyes to one another last summer, they knew this kind of reunion was a possibility.

    10/24/2016 2:51 PM ET

  • How long has it been for Tribe, Cubs? Papers tell story

    No matter who wins this World Series, history will be made and a long-suffering fan base on the north side of Chicago or the shores of Lake Erie will witness a far-too-rare title. To truly comprehend just how rare, let's hop in the hardball time machine and revisit the world the day after each team last won a Fall Classic on the front pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Chicago Daily Tribune.

    10/24/2016 2:51 PM ET

  • Schwarber's skills could be big boost for Cubs

    Kyle Schwarber has been ahead of the pack throughout his brief pro career, and now he's being issued his biggest challenge. Don't be surprised if the kid from Indiana University pulls it off.

    10/25/2016 4:50 AM ET

  • Francona's support cherished by players

    The Indians are a byproduct of manager Terry Francona's genius and have a chance to win their first World Series in 68 years despite being hit hard by injuries to the rotation. But when Francona's current and former players are asked about him, they do not begin with any of the X's and O's. Instead, they begin with the man himself.

    10/25/2016 4:08 AM ET

  • Routine-driven Kluber a rock for Indians

    During a season where the Indians have endured injuries to several members of the pitching staff, Corey Kluber has been a rock for the team's rotation.

    10/25/2016 4:01 AM ET


  • de Blasio settles WC bet, dons Giants jersey

    Consider Mayor Bill de Blasio's bet settled. The New York City mayor, a Red Sox fan himself, shrugged on a San Francisco Giants Willie Mays jersey in the studio in Manhattan on Monday, honoring a friendly wager with San Francisco mayor Ed Lee over the outcome of this year's National League Wild Card Game.

    10/25/2016 12:47 AM ET

  • Playoffs in Cleveland? Bosio's been there

    Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field will have something of a familiar feeling for Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. He started Game 5 of the 1995 American League Championship Series in this stadium for the Mariners against the Indians.

    10/25/2016 4:00 AM ET

  • Maddon hopes to best former Red Sox rival Francona

    It will be Joe Maddon's Cubs against Terry Francona's Indians when the 112th World Series begins tonight at Progressive Field, and this is not the first time the two have been the last men standing.

    10/25/2016 4:00 AM ET

  • Old school or new school, Maddon's your guy

    At Joe Maddon's first news conference of the World Series, the Cubs' ultra-progressive manager was asked about those who have influenced him most.

    10/24/2016 11:50 PM ET

  • Ramirez arrives in time to help Tribe's run

    Versatile Indians' third baseman Jose Ramirez finished second in the American League in doubles (46) and seventh in average (.312) with the second-fewest strikeouts (62) among qualified hitters.

    10/25/2016 4:05 AM ET