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CHICAGO -- The Latest on the World Series (all times Central):6:45 p.m.The Indians will likely start designated hitter Carlos Santana in left field in Game 3.Without a DH because theyre playing in a National League ballpark, the Indians are prepared to put Santana, who has only played the position for a few innings in his career, out in left at Wrigley Field, where hell have to deal with the wind and the rowdy bleacher crowd never mind the pressure.Indians manager Terry Francona said he has anxiety in making the move but feels it gives his team the best chance to win.Santana, who hit 34 homers during the regular season, last played left in 2012 during a 14-1 loss. Hes been taking fly balls in preparation for his start and said hes excited about the opportunity.---6:10 p.m.Teams use larger charter jets during the postseason, allowing players wives and children to accompany.I wanted the guy just to fly around for a while. I thought it was pretty cool, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday.First baseman Mike Napoli said it was the Indians largest plane this year.There were a lot of babies on it, Ill tell you that, he said. Flying in that weather was a little bit of a knuckleball express. The landing was pretty interesting. But, yeah, it was pretty big.---5:45 p.m.The first two games of the World Series averaged 18.3 million viewers on Fox, up 27 percent from last year and the most since 2009.The Nielsen company said Thursday that Chicagos 5-1 win over Cleveland on Wednesday night received an 11.3 rating and 19 share and averaged 17.4 million viewers. Kansas Citys 7-1 victory over the New York Mets in Game 2 last year was seen by an average of 13.7 million viewers.The two-game average of 10.7/19 and 19.2 million is the most since 11.8/19 and 19.2 million for the Yankees-Philadelphia Series in 2009.In addition, Fox Sports Deportes averaged 278,000 for Spanish-language coverage for Game 2 and Fox Sports Go 115,000 for digitial viewership.---4:45 p.m.Cubs star Kyle Schwarber wont be in the starting lineup for the three World Series games this weekend after he was denied medical clearance to play the outfield following his return from knee surgery.Schwarber tore a pair of knee ligaments on April 7 and returned in Tuesdays Series opener. He was 3 for 7 with a double, two RBI 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.Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says its too soon after the injury for Schwarbers knee to be fully tested, especially with quick moves required to play the outfield. He says: There was too much risk.Schwarber will be used as a pinch hitter. He says its not disappointing at all and it was a long shot at the most. Wholesale Nike Zoom . Belfort (24-10) needed just 77 seconds to down Henderson in the headlining bout of Saturdays "UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson" event at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. The fight served as a rematch of the pairs 2006 meeting, which Henderson won by decision. 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MIAMI -- The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins have become big spenders in the late innings.Two people familiar with the deal said right-hander Brad Ziegler agreed Friday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, who added their second former Red Sox reliever in as many days.The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it wont be final until Ziegler passes a physical. The agreement came shortly after right-hander Junichi Tazawa finalized his $12 million, two-year contract with the Marlins.Miami is hoping a deep bullpen will give manager Don Mattingly lots of options to help compensate for a rotation weakened by the loss of ace Jose Fernandez, killed in a boating accident in September.Im very excited with how our bullpen looks, said president of baseball operations Michael Hill, speaking before the Ziegler deal was confirmed. We wanted to create as much depth and talent and versatility as we could, and give Donnie as many options as possible to potentially shorten the game.Tazawas acquisition came with an endorsement from Ichiro Suzuki, the Marlins outfielder and 3,000-hit club member. What was Suzukis scouting report on Tazawa, a fellow native of Japan?That hes a very good pitcher and can help us, Hill said. He signed off, and that was good to know.Zieglerr is a nine-year veteran with a career ERA of 2.dddddddddddd44 and 85 saves. He has pitched for three teams, including Arizona and Boston last year.Tazawa had been with the Red Sox since his rookie year in 2009, and has a career ERA of 3.58. Miami swung the deals for both pitchers after falling short in its pursuit of high-priced closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.We know theres competition for players, Hill said. You have a Plan A, but you have a Plan B, C and D to accomplish your goal.Ziegler is expected to compete with incumbent A.J. Ramos for the closers job. Tazawa should help compensate for the loss of left-hander Mike Dunn to Colorado in free agency.The goal is always to try to put together the deepest bullpen we can, and a bullpen with different looks and different ways to get people out, Hill said. With Junichi you see someone who has pitched in the very competitive American League East and has a varied repertoire of weapons to get hitters out.The Marlins have also acquired starting pitchers Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke this offseason, and they added A.J. Ellis as their backup catcher.Miami designated right-hander Nefi Ogando for assignment to clear a roster spot. ' ' '

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