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2hDan Le Batard

For South Florida Cubans, watching Jose Fernandez pitch felt like freedom

He was on his way to a $200 million contract, but the Marlins ace was about so much more than baseball. Jose Fernandez's exile story was our story. And his joy for playing the game was unmatched.

Fans honor Fernandez outside Marlins Stadium (0:30)
Jose Fernandez's remarkable resume (0:53)
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9hJorge Morejón

Miami está de luto por la muerte de su ídolo

A juicio de Jorge Morejón, la muerte de José Fernández duele y mucho. En primer lugar, porque se trataba de un joven saludable y feliz, carismático como pocos, sonriente y afable, pero al mismo tiempo un fiero competidor.

Prado: 'There's a lot of pain' (0:38)
Myers smacks go-ahead RBI single (0:29)
Cespedes pays tribute to Fernandez (0:31)
Fake tag on Harper ignites tempers of Nats and Pirates (1:04)
Perez gets emotional remembering Fernandez (2:20)
Baseball rules should be consistent for the entire season (0:52)
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23hRoger Rubin, Special to ESPN.com

If Matz pitches again in '16, it will be in relief

If Steven Matz, rehabbing from a shoulder impingement, is able to pitch for the Mets again this season, if will probably be in relief, manager Terry Collins said.

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19hDan Arritt, Special to ESPN.com

Dodgers' Vin Scully enjoys his long goodbye

As he prepares to call his final game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Vin Scully looked back fondly over the final season of his 67-year career.

Utley makes great glove flip to first for out (0:36)
Denard Span smacks HR in 10th (0:26)
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1dSarah Langs & Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

Inside the Royals' big ninth-inning rally

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez allowed five runs to the Royals Saturday, tied for his most runs allowed in his career.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have had distribution problems all season, which explains why their run differential has been better than their record. In September, it is exacerbated. They have scored 41 of their 88 runs in just four of their 23 games this month, including Saturday's 10-4 win here.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs final attendance for 2016 is their third highest ever: 3,232,430.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Wow, don't see that often. Joe Maddon goes to the mound to take David Ross out of his last regular-season home game.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

A young child signs a Jose Fernandez shirt at Marlins Park. It's past 10pm ET and fans are still stopping by to pay their respects.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are 0 for 4 with men in scoring position off Jon Lester so far dropping his batting average against in that category since the all star break to .078. He's only used 78 pitches to get through 6 innings and meads 2-0.


David Ross smacks a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Ross' curtain call

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The father of Charlie Culberson, who hit walkoff for Scully's last call at Dodger Stadium was BORN year Scully called 1st game there (1962).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

So far David Ross has two standing ovations and a curtain call as he plays his last reg season game at Wrigley Field. He just homered to put the Cubs up 1-0.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

David Ross hit .214 in 2013, .184 in 2014, .176 last season. He didn't really deserve to be brought back on anything other than his value as a good clubhouse guy (and serving as Jon Lester's personal catcher). But he's responded with a good year at the plate with a 107 OPS+. Just another thing that's gone perfect for the Cubs this year.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs fans recognized David Ross with a standing ovation when he came to bat in the second inning knowing it's his last reg season game at Wrigley Field though there's a good chance he catches Game 1 of the postseason here on Oct. 7.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz told reporters in Tampa that he couldn't stop thinking about Jose Fernandez throughout Red Sox's 10-inning victory. "It's a sad day, man. Such a young, humble great kid. All the good things going on in his life and all of a sudden this tragedy happening, it's inexplicable."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Really classy by Yadier Molina to stand between the mound and home plate and hold the game up while David Ross got a standing ovation.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals notice Yadier Molina's impact every season, but MVP voters only take note when Molina puts up impressive offensive numbers. This is one of those seasons. The only times he finished in the top five in MVP voting were 2012 and 2013, when he had OPSes of .874 and .836. At 34, he is having his best season at the plate since then. Molina leads all major league catchers in hits (152) and doubles (35). He is batting .301 overall and .355 (with a .900 OPS) since the All-Star break.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Roberts is just the second Dodgers rookie manager to guide the team into the postseason. Tommy Lasorda was at the helm when the Dodgers advanced in his first year as manager in 1977.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Vin Scully: First Game (1962) and Last Game (2016) at Dodger Stadium