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CHICAGO -- Jon Lester gave the Chicago Cubs a chance, Javier Baez supplied the power and Aroldis Chapman finished the job.A positive playoff opener for a city draped in W flags and hoping for a historic championship.Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Baez homered in the eighth and Chicago beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a tense Game 1 of their National League Division Series on Friday night.Lester retired his last 13 batters in a dominant performance, but the game was scoreless when Baez sent a towering drive into a stiff wind. With a raucous crowd of 42,148 and every player anxiously tracking the flight of the ball, left fielder Angel Pagan ran out of room as it landed in the basket that tops the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field.Baez thought it was surely gone as soon as the ball left the bat.I forgot about the wind, he said. The winds blowing straight in, and I hit it really good. Good thing it just barely went.Chicagos relievers in the bullpen in foul territory down the left-field line broke into cheers as Baez rounded the bases with the delirious crowd in a frenzy. Baez then came out of the dugout for a curtain call.Just waiting for him to make a mistake, and he finally did, Baez said.Chapman allowed Buster Poseys two-out double off the ivy in the ninth before Hunter Pence bounced to second for the final out, wrapping a bow on Chicagos first meaningful game in weeks.Lesters $155 million, six-year deal in December 2014 was a key moment in the Cubs turnaround from also-ran to contender. They clinched the NL Central title Sept. 15 and led the majors with 103 wins this year but have their sights set on the franchises first World Series crown since 1908.I kind of figured as we got going it would come down to one mistake, and luckily we didnt make one and they did, Lester said. And I think thats just kind of the beginning of the series.Game 2 is Saturday night.Cueto was outstanding, following up Madison Bumgarners four-hitter in San Franciscos wild-card win at New York with his own gem. The right-hander, deftly varying his delivery to keep the Cubs off balance, struck out 10 and allowed three hits in his second straight complete game in the postseason.We both were pitching a great ballgame and obviously we knew -- we were aware that one run was going to decide the game, Cueto said through a translator.Baezs homer stopped San Franciscos postseason scoreless streak at 23 innings dating to the World Series in 2014. The Giants also won it all in 2010 and 2012, leading to talk of even-year magic for manager Bruce Bochys club, but it was the Cubs with the good fortune in the series opener, a strange turn of events for the usually snake-bitten franchise.The Giants had at least one hit in each of the first four innings, including leadoff singles in the first three, but Lester held them off each time. The left-hander got some help from his usual catcher, with David Ross throwing out Gorkys Hernandez trying to steal second in the first and picking off wild-card hero Conor Gillaspie at first in the third.San Francisco had runners on second and third after left fielder Ben Zobrist misplayed Pagans sinking liner into a fourth-inning double, but Brandon Crawford bounced out to end the inning.We had a couple chances there. We just couldnt get the key hit, Bochy said.Cueto retired his first 10 batters and had the Cubs shaking their heads all night long. He also got some timely help from his defense.Hernandez got revenge on Ross with an outstanding, sliding catch on the warning track in left-center in the third. Kelby Tomlinson, starting at second in place of Joe Panik with the lefty Lester on the mound, robbed Zobrist of a two-out RBI single in the fourth, then took a hit away from Anthony Rizzo with another diving stop in the seventh.SEENActor and comedian Bill Murray was in the crowd cheering on his beloved Cubs. He did his best to bust the teams infamous curse, wearing a shirt that read: I Aint Afraid of No Goat.Rocker Eddie Vedder,?Chicago Bulls stars Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler,?and?Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook?each got a loud cheer when they were shown on the video board in left field. Wearing a white Kris Bryant jersey, former?Chicago Bears?coach Mike Ditka fired up the crowd before the first pitch.Its time to play ball, he said while standing in front of the home dugout. Go Cubs go!UP NEXTGiants: Jeff Samardzija gets the ball in Game 2 for his first postseason start in the same place he began his major league career. The right-hander was drafted by the Cubs in 2006 and spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the team before he was traded to Oakland in the 2014 deal that brought shortstop Addison Russell to the Cubs.Cubs: Coming off a breakout season, Kyle Hendricks makes his third career playoff start. The right-hander went 16-8 with a major league-best 2.13 ERA this year. He was nearly unhittable at home, going 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 games. Mikko Rantanen Jersey. Pirlo limped out of Sundays 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he has "a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee. Carl Soderberg Avalanche Jersey.ca. Kerry, Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count? All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. http://www.hockeyavalancheproshop.com/semyon-varlamov-jersey/. Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. Paul Kariya Avalanche Jersey. Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Joe Colborne Jersey. Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. INDIANAPOLIS -- Center Ryan Kelly needed one play to get in sync last weekend. Safety T.J. Green wasted no time making a big splash in his NFL debut.Two days after winning their preseason opener, the Colts pored through videotape and gave their rookie class solid grades.I think were heading in the right direction as an O-line, Kelly said Monday. I think the effort was there, I think the communication was there. But you dont want to be a finished product in the first preseason game, and weve got to keep moving in the right direction.Coaches believe the first-round draft pick can stabilize a spot that has been a revolving door for Andrew Lucks first four seasons. The good news for Indy is that their revamped offensive line allowed no sacks against a stingy Buffalo Bills defense. But the overall results were mixed.With Luck sitting out, coach Chuck Pagano lamented the Colts slow start, a missed block in punt protection that led to a block and safety, and the fact that Buffalo held a 126-30 advantage in yards rushing, all areas he expects to see improvement Saturday against Baltimore.Still, the first impressions from Kelly, who played 15 snaps after missing more than a week of training camp with an injured left shoulder, and Green, Indys second-round pick who missed part of the first week of practice with an injured calf, went better than expected.I thought it was fairly good. I was able to evaluate myself and I saw some things that need to get better, said Green, who made some big hits. I think I can grow as a player, but thats how I play -- I play fast and I play physical.If Green stays healthy and continues to punish ball carriers the way he did in the Colts 19-18 victory, it could give the Colts defense a major upgrade.Of course in Indy, all eyes remain focused on an offensive line that used three other rookies for most of Saturdday night.ddddddddddddThird-round pick LeRaven Clark, a tackle, and seventh-round pick Austin Blythe, a center, played the majority of Indys 63 offensive snaps, and fifth-round pick Joe Haeg turned heads on 33 plays he logged.After an impressive throughout training camp, Haeg continued his progression and has emerged as a potentially versatile backup at tackle, where he spent the past two seasons at North Dakota State, and guard, where he is still getting acclimated.He had the one false start, but he battled his tail off, Pagano said.After opting to bench Luck on a rainy night, Pagano implied Monday that the Colts star quarterback is likely to suit up for the first time in nine months this weekend. The expectation is that the Colts will probably keep their starters on the field at least as long as Luck is behind center, giving more snaps to Kelly and Green who are still trying to grow into their new roles.I think once you hit somebody, you jump right back into it, Kelly said. Id say if youre in the league and youve been here awhile, the guys who are here are great with their fundamentals. Thats the biggest challenge.Game notes Pagano said linebacker Sio Moore has a pretty significant hamstring injury and is considered week to week. ... X-rays on offensive lineman Kevin Graf (ankle) were negative, Pagano said, but Graf also is listed as week to week. ... Everyone else that got hurt at Buffalo should be all right. Guard Denzelle Good (lower quad), defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin (dislocated finger) and cornerback Darius White (concussion protocol) could all play this weekend. Pagano said doctors found White did not have a concussion.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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