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Emotional Marlins honor Fernandez in return to field

A day after the stunning news of Jose Fernandez's death, the Marlins honored their teammate before the game, and the tribute continued in the first, when Dee Gordon led off with a home run.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Prior to tonight, only one player in MLB had more plate appearances this season than Dee Gordon without hitting a HR (Billy Burns)

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

After the Marlins' Dee Gordon gets his first homer of the season in the first inning, Justin Bour gets his first career triple in the second inning. Interesting.

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Emotional start to Mets-Marlins game
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After a tearful pregame ceremony, the Marlins' Dee Gordon, a left-handed hitter, started the bottom of the first by donning Jose Fernandez's helmet and taking the first pitch in the opposite batter's box. Gordon homered two pitches later, his first of the season. Follow live

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Dee Gordon's home run is even more special when you understand the odds. In his career, he had hit a home run once every 269 at bats.

Jose Fernandez honored with pregame tribute
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In an emotional tribute before Monday's game between the Mets and Marlins, several of Jose Fernandez's teammates circle the mound while "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" plays at Marlins Park.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

I can't help but think that Dee Gordon hit a home run that will be floating through the Miami sky forever

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Dee Gordon just led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Bartolo Colon and tapped his chest and pointed skyward at Jose Fernandez as he crossed home plate. Then he was mobbed in the dugout. What a powerful and poignant moment. Pure, raw emotion.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow. Dee Gordon hits a leadoff home run in his first at bat since the passing of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. He's very emotional as he goes towards the dugout. Gordon wore this shirt under his uniform during warmups.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Wow, Dee Gordon probably just hit the longest home run of his life, into the upper deck. Looks like he's crying as he gets hugs in the dugout. We may all be Marlins fans tonight (sorry, Mets).

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Emotional scene of Marlins players surrounding the mound where No. 16 is spray painted to honor pitcher Jose Fernandez before Monday's game against the Mets.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Kneeling and praying on Jose Fernandez mound

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

A very poignant pregame ceremony to honor Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park, capped off by Mets and Marlins players meeting in the infield.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Seeing all those Marlins players wearing FERNANDEZ 16 jerseys ... seeing Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich with tears in their eyes ... seeing the fans leaving flowers outside the ballpark ... hearing the slowed down trumpet solo of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ... the high school kids singing the national anthem ... Bonds crying ... Oh, man ...

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

A moment of silence for Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park in Miami with no dry eyes

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of emotion at Marlins Park from players on the field. Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich, for example, fought back tears as they embrace. All the players are wearing Jose Fernandez jerseys.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

10 minutes before game time. Incredibly subdued. No music. Almost eerily quiet.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins president David Samson said the Majestic Athletic Apparel company opened its factory in Philadelphia on Sunday to produce all the No. 16 Jose Fernandez jerseys the players will be wearing tonight. Company employees flew to Miami on Monday to hand-deliver them. A nice gesture.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones good to go tonight coming off calf injury. Jones not overlooking the Saints' depleted secondary. "If you go into a fight just expecting, 'Oh, I'm going to whip this guy,' you're going to get beat," Jones said.

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