Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs LIVE SCORE UPDATES NLCS Game 3 (10/17/17)

The Los Angeles Dodgers, behind starting pitcher Yu Darvish, meet the Chicago Cubs, led by starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, in Game 3 of Major League Baseball’s best of seven National League Championship Series on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (10/17/17) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, behind starting pitcher Yu Darvish, meet the Chicago Cubs, led by starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, in Game 3 of Major League Baseball’s best of seven National League Championship Series on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (10/17/17) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

What: NLCS, Game 3

When: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago

Time: 9 p.m Eastern

TV: TBS

Livestream: Watch TBS

Starting pitchers: Darvish vs. Kendricks

Make-or-break ALCS Game 4

When Yasiel Puig licks his bats , Dodger Stadium laughs. When he stands at the plate admiring a base hit , the fans’ initial cheers hilariously morph into a group exhortation to “Go! Go!” — which he eventually does.

The Cuban outfielder’s entire baseball career has been a quest to learn how to direct his prodigious talent without losing the fundamental joy he derives from the game.

Just 14 months ago, that quest appeared to be over, at least in Los Angeles. Puig had been demoted to Triple-A and seemed unlikely to return to the Dodgers amid frustration with his consistency and discipline.

The Wild Horse just might have it all figured out now, and LA is thrilled to be along for a redemptive ride that’s going deep into October.

“This is my best season,” Puig said. “I grew up a little bit more. I’m going to home plate for having fun, because I know (if) I hit nothing, I do nothing in the game, my teammates are going to have my back. That’s the reason I play better and my team is in this position again.”

With his most consistent big-league campaign and a dynamite start to the playoffs, Puig is a major component of a team closing in on the World Series after a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Puig set career highs this season with 28 homers and 74 RBIs while playing his usual superb defense in right field and appearing in a team-leading 152 games. In the postseason, he is 7 for 16 with five walks and six RBIs. He has already surpassed his entire career postseason RBI total, capped by his first playoff homer in Game 1 against Chicago.

Puig has made big plays in every game for the unbeaten Dodgers, who resume the NLCS at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Once a shameless free-swinger, he drew three walks and scored a run in Los Angeles’ 4-1 win in Game 2.

“I would have got the fourth walk, but my tongue wasn’t working when I licked the bat, so I got struck out with the ball in the dirt,” he said.

Oh yes, he also licks pine tar from his lumber for luck, flips his bats on seemingly minor hits, plays right field with inimitable grace and kisses his hitting coach on the cheek constantly.

“This is as good as we’ve seen him focus on every single pitch in the game,” said manager Dave Roberts, who took over the Dodgers before last season. “When you combine that with the skill set that he has, and the energy he brings, he doesn’t only energize 50,000 people. He energizes everyone in the clubhouse.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Matt Stypulkoski may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @M_Stypulkoski.