Lester to start Game 1 for Cubs

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CHICAGO » Jon Lester will start the Chicago Cubs’ play­off opener.

Man­ager Joe Mad­don an­nounced Tues­day he was go­ing with Lester over Kyle Hen­dricks and 2015 NL Cy Young Award win­ner Jake Ar­ri­eta in Game 1 of the NLDS against the New York Mets or San Fran­cisco Giants. The se­ries opens at Wrigley Field on Fri­day, with the Cubs’ sights set on win­ning their first World Se­ries since 1908 after lead­ing the ma­jors with 103 wins.

Lester (19-5) was sec­ond in the ma­jors to Hen­dricks with a 2.44 ERA.

Hen­dricks (16-8, 2.13) will start Game 2 at home on Satur­day. Ar­ri­eta (18-8, 3.10) will pitch Game 3 on the road, with John Lackey (11-8, 3.35) start­ing Game 4 if nec­es­sary.

Lester was 10-2 with a 1.74 ERA at Wrigley Field. Hen­dricks also dom­i­nated at home, go­ing 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA.

Ar­ri­eta was shaky down the stretch, go­ing 3-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his last seven starts.

Rangers de­cide starter, don’t an­nounce it

3.32 ERA) or right-han­der Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41).

“I don’t think there’s any com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage, and I don’t re­ally be­lieve there’s any com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage,” Banis­ter said. “I just feel like that un­til we know who we’re go­ing to play, we’ll keep that in house.”

Hamels, who pitched his reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale last Wed­nes­day, threw a bullpen ses­sion Mon­day. Darvish had a ses­sion Tues­day, four days after his last s

Mets send­ing Te­bow to Fall League

NEW YORK » Tim Te­bow will test his base­ball skills against some of the game’s pre­mier prospects.

The New York Mets are send­ing Te­bow to the Ari­zona Fall League after cut­ting short their in­struc­tional league Tues­day with Hur­ri­cane Matthew ap­proach­ing Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott al­ready has de­clared a state of emer­gency.

Te­bow, the for­mer NFL quar­ter­back and 2007 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, is sched­uled to re­port Sun­day and play for the Scotts­dale Scor­pi­ons. Open­ing day is next Tues­day in the Ari­zona Fall League, a com­pet­i­tive prov­ing ground de­signed to en­hance the de­vel­op­ment of promis­ing mi­nor lea­guers.

In a state­ment re­leased by the Mets, Te­bow called it “a great op­por­tu­nity.”

Among his team­mates will be New York Yan­kees first base­man Greg Bird, who hit 11 homers in 46 ma­jor league games as a rookie last year. Bird sat sat out this sea­son fol­low­ing shoul­der surgery.

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