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Boo Big Papi? Yankees fans should give David Ortiz a standing O

The battles with David Ortiz are almost over. It's time for Yankees fans to tip their caps to one of their greatest rivals.

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1hJayson Stark

Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what to watch and when.

Gordon on postgame tribute: 'We just hung out with him one last time' (1:43)
This Is SportsCenter: Jorge Posada & David Ortiz (0:30)
Buster believes Fernandez will win Cy Young (1:02)
Emotional Marlins defeat Mets (0:55)
Happ or Kluber more deserving of Cy Young award? (1:34)
With homer, Gordon tells Fernandez, 'I'll always miss you' (0:53)
Vin Scully calls Bo Jackson's All-Star home run (0:29)
Trout mashes solo shot against Athletics (0:24)
Vin Scully calls Gibson's heroic home run (0:33)


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Red Sox on the verge of clinching the AL East title, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Sam Kennedy have joined the team here at Yankee Stadium.

karl ravech @karlravechespn

Join us for David Ortiz special, the Walk off at 6et espn2 then yankees Red sox at 7 et espn2. Red Sox win East with victory/Blue Jays loss

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Since June 26, the day of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, the Dodgers have gone 49-30, the third best record in the majors behind the Cubs (52-30) and the Red Sox (51-30). The Dodgers erased an eight-game division deficit over that stretch and have clinched the NL West.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jorge Soler had an MRI on his right side back in Chicago. It came back clean so he's day to day still. He missed a few days with the injury last week before playing over the weekend but was moving gingerly. He could rejoin the team in the coming days.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets officials have suggested that Steven Matz's mechanics were being closely monitored after the elbow issue was diagnosed, and he did not alter his motion and trigger a shoulder problem. Still, a link cannot be completely discounted.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "My body is counting the days" until retirement. Was asked if he would consider playing for Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but said he would need to be playing in order to be in shape for that tournament."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka could still make his final start of the year this weekend against the Orioles. Tanaka missed his last start because of slight tightness in his forearm, closer to his wrist. The Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad, cleared Tanaka to play catch on Tuesday, which he did successfully. On Wednesday, Tanaka will throw long toss. Even if the Yankees are eliminated, Tanaka would like to make his final start. He currently leads the American League with a 3.07 ERA.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz won't pitch Thursday, as scheduled, but "he's not shut down," according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. If/when he pitches again, it'll be out of bullpen. Pomeranz has exceeded career-high in innings, experienced soreness after five-inning start last weekend at Tampa Bay. Henry Owens will start in his place.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Aledmy Diaz returned to the Cardinals' lineup for the first time since the death of his former neighbor Jose Fernandez. He discussed returning to Florida to spend time with Fernandez's family at an awful moment:


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Joaquin Benoit since joining the Jays: 1 run allowed in 25 appearances. 23 2/3 innings. 93 batters faced, 17 hits.