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44mRobert Sanchez

Survivors: Cubs duo's bond is deeper than team

Long before they were chasing history as teammates with the Cubs, Jon Lester helped Anthony Rizzo through the fight of his life.

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Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
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Tebow homers off of Vanderbilt pitcher (0:39)
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Unbelievably dramatic wedding proposal at Yankees-Red Sox game (1:22)
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7hDoug Mittler

Young pitchers proving helpful in speeding up pace of play

As commissioner Rob Manfred ponders bold measures for shortening game times, a nice trend has surfaced from within. Young pitchers are moving the game along quicker than their older counterparts.

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The Phillie Phanatic relives silliest encounters (1:59)
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Fernandez's joy reminds us why we love baseball (1:41)
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What's better than a grand slam? How about four? (0:49)
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The science behind Utley's amazing play (2:08)
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Pederson impresses with diving, rolling catch (0:32)
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Jays top O's to extend wild-card lead (0:57)

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on pitching out of bullpen for Red Sox in postseason: "I don't know if that's a sure thing." Bullpen session Thursday might help determine his role going forward. Soreness is localized to his forearm, he says, likely a result of career-high workload.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-hander John Kilichowski, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round out of Vanderbilt University in June, reacts to surrendering a homer on Tim Tebow's first swing in a formal game since the ex-quarterback's junior year of high school.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein are in Pittsburgh to announce a 5 year contract extension.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets lineup for Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. ET rubber game at Marlins Park: Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Curtis Granderson - CF Jay Bruce - RF T.J. Rivera - 2B Lucas Duda - 1B Rene Rivera - C Seth Lugo - RHP

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow reacts after homering in the first at-bat of his first game since his junior year of high school. He finished 1-for-6 against Cardinals farmhands.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees lineup vs the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz tonight: Gardner 7 Ellsbury 8 Sanchez 2 McCann dh Castro 4 Gregorius 6 Teixeira 3 Headley 5 Williams 9 Mitchell 1

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow's day is complete in his first professional baseball game. Tebow, who homered on the first pitch he saw, finished 1-for-6 in the instructional league game. He logged five innings in left field. On his lone fielding play, Tebow cut off a grounder toward the line and held the Cardinals batter to a single.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero are in the lineup again for the Cubs as they continue to make noise heading into the playoffs. Montero is likely to catch Jake Arrieta next month while Coghlan is seeing more time due to Jorge Soler's latest ailment (right side). Both could be big parts of the postseason puzzle after struggling earlier in the year.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Quick hook for Doug Fister today but it's a must-win for the Astros so A.J. Hinch had to go to the pen after Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first (his ninth against the Astros) and the Mariners have two on in the second. But Nori Aoki greets Kevin Chapman with an RBI single and it's 4-0.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The crowd chants "Jose" as Jose Fernandez's hearse passes by Marlins Park. Teammates and club personnel walk beside and behind it

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Jose Fernandez tribute began at 2 p.m. At 2:01, it started raining.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

"Rest in Peace Jose. We all love your charisma. Pitch well as God needed an ace."

Shawn Fitzgerald ESPN Producer 

About 10-15 scouts here at the Cardinals-Mets Instructional League game that Tim Tebow is playing in.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Rick Gerena, a Marlins fan from Coral Springs, Fla., talks about why Jose Fernandez's death is so devastating for the franchise and its fan base.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The crowd for Jose Fernandez continues to grow outside Marlins Park.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The space is quickly filling up with hundreds of personal messages to Fernandez.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs won their 101st game last night. Last time they won MORE than 100 games? How about 1910. William Howard Taft was president!