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Gordon's homer tops Marlins' tribute to Fernandez

The Marlins took the field with heavy hearts a day after the death of teammate Jose Fernandez, and their emotions hit a peak when second baseman Dee Gordon led off Monday's game with a home run.

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Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

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How the World Cup will be won

Team Europe is a big underdog against Canada in the World Cup final. How will the series play out? Who will be the heroes? Craig Custance explores.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3, on an emotional night dedicated to pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fans chanted "Jose! Jose!" as Miami was preparing for the final out.

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Jays loss drops Sox's magic number to 1
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Boston will have a chance to clinch the AL East on Tuesday when it visits the Yankees after Toronto fell 7-5 to New York tonight. Box score

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets cannot afford to lose games this time of year. But if there were ever a game that seemed acceptable not to prevail, Monday fit the description. Bartolo Colon allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings and the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3, in the first game for Miami since the death of ace Jose Fernandez.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinal fans are running out of patience with this team, it would seem. The team drew 34,942 fans tonight, snapping a streak of 240 straight games of at least 40,000 in attendance. It was the smallest crowd, in other words, since 2013. Part of the problem is that the Cardinals are eight games below .500 at home and, barring a miracle, about to fall nine games under .500. They trail 15-2 in the eighth inning.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Congrats to the Indians for clinching their first division title since 2007. They did it by dominating the second-place Tigers, beating them in 14 out of 16 games so far. They did with a stellar rotation, a bullpen with the best ERA in the AL, and an offense that is second in the AL in runs. The Indians left no doubt who the best team in the AL Central was.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' offense doing its part tonight. Now up to 25 points and 271 yards midway through third quarter -- which would be really impressive if Falcons didn't have 35 points and 291 yards. Lots of time and lots of points still to come in this one.

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Coleman rushes for third TD of game
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The third short touchdown of the game for Tevin Coleman gave the Falcons a 35-17 third-quarter lead in New Orleans on Monday Night Football.

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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The Falcons are carving up the Saints' defense not via physical dominance but by out-scheming them. You rarely see such open spaces in a field available to an offense at the NFL level. The Falcons already have 291 offensive yards early in the third quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The home fans booing inside Superdome after Saints give up another quick TD drive to start the second half. Tevin Coleman gained 34 yards on a wide-open play-action pass when the Falcons went for it on fourth-and-1 and the Saints' D sold out to stop the run. Then Coleman walked into the end zone for a 6-yard TD on the next play. Atlanta leads 35-17.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Which fantasy owners out there have Tevin Coleman? He just scored his third TD on a 6-yard run. Falcons are now up, 35-17, over the rival Saints.

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Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

The Saints have allowed four first-half touchdowns by an opposing offense for the second time since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006. Green Bay did it against New Orleans in the 2011 opener.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints finally stopped the Falcons' momentum with a 57-yard field goal by Wil Lutz as time expired in the first half – but it's been a pretty rough night otherwise as they trail the Falcons 28-17. Stunningly, Atlanta WR Julio Jones doesn't have a catch yet, but the Falcons have still churned out 216 yards. And they drew a very costly 25-yard PI flag against Saints rookie CB Ken Crawley on third down to keep a 94-yard TD drive alive in the final two minutes.

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Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Brees averaged 4.7 yards per pass attempt in the first half. That is his fifth-lowest average in a first half over the past five seasons (2012-16). The Saints lost the other four games and trail this one, 28-17.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones without a catch on four targets but Falcons still lead Saints 28-17 at halftime. Matt Ryan found Justin Hardy for touchdown that was confirmed after review. Falcons getting production all around. Tevin Coleman with two touchdown runs and Devonta Freeman with a touchdown catch. Only helps in the long run when Falcons can get it done without Julio.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are falling apart. With Stephen Strasburg (elbow), Daniel Murphy (buttocks), and Bryce Harper (thumb) already ailing, now they have to worry about Wilson Ramos. The All-Star catcher exited in the sixth inning when he landed awkwardly after trying to catch a high throw home. Before walking off the field very gingerly, he was on the ground for several minutes, grimacing in pain and clutching his right knee.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Another TD run for Tevin Coleman on the inside zone scheme. With the outside linebacker left unblocked -- and slow to close to the ball -- Coleman can bend the run back to space. It's now a 21-14 Falcons lead over the Saints.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Tevin Coleman with his second TD on a 2-yard run. This two-back system with Devonta Freeman working to perfection. All three scores by the backs. Falcons lead 21-14.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With six scoreless innings in the books after getting out of a bases loaded jam Kyle Hendricks is the only qualified pitcher with a sub 2.00 era as it dropped to 1.99. The Cubs lead the Pirates 11-0.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

So Falcons get bitten after penalty on special teams. Justin Hardy roughing kicker gives Drew Brees ball back to drive 75 yards for a touchdown. Can't give Brees another chance like that. Tied at 14 now

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Excellent play call from the Falcons on Matt Ryan's TD pass to Devonta Freeman. That was basically a swing screen to beat man-coverage with the Falcons running Julio Jones underneath on the crossing route (removes the CB in coverage) and the tackle pulling out to block the linebacker. Easy toss for Ryan and a walk-in TD for Freeman.

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Devonta Freeman scores first TD of season
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Freeman, who scored 14 TDs last season, found the end zone for the first time this year on a 13-yard TD catch from Matt Ryan to put the Falcons up 14-7 on the Saints. (Live on ESPN)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez has a career high 6 RBIs as the Cubs have opened up an 11-0 lead on the Pirates. They're 12 outs away from win No. 100.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman scores his first touchdown of the season on a 13-yard pass from Matt Ryan. Freeman tied for the league league with 14 total touchdowns last season. 14-7 Falcons to start second quarter.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Interesting decision by Terry Francona to remove Corey Kluber after four innings with a 4-2 lead. Kluber had thrown 60 pitches, so apparently the Indians had a strict limit, preserving a few pitches down the stretch so Kluber is as ready as possible for Game 1 of the Division Series next week. Francona still has the AL's best bullpen to turn to as the Indians try to clinch the AL Central with a win.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Tevin Coleman was helped off the field after that horse collar tackle call. Grabbed his foot. More Devonta Freeman now.

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