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11hScott Lauber

David Ortiz testimonials paint picture of a mentor, friend and respected foe

With the Red Sox planning to honor David Ortiz over the next three days, here's what those who know him best will remember about Big Papi.

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11hKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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Dodgers fan does push-ups in exchange for Puig's bat (0:33)
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Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)
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David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Yankee Stadium memories (5:22)
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3hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

Ten games on Friday have playoff implications -- for making the field or for seeding. Check out how things stand.

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13hJeff Sullivan

World Series contenders and pretenders

The regular season shows how well each team plays against the league's good and bad teams; in the playoffs, they're all good teams. Which clubs match up well against the big boys and which don't?

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Fan gets razzed after missing foul ball, dropping beer (0:24)
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David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
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13hScott Spratt

The year of the shift in Major League Baseball

The league is on pace to have more than 28,000 shifts in 2016, leading us to wonder: Have they become counter-productive at this point? See the full breakdown, plus players most affected by it.

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Major League Baseball retires two legends in Scully, Enberg (2:23)
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19hMark Saxon

Cardinals in receiving mood after gift win

The Cardinals' win against the Reds on a controversial call has brought St. Louis back from the brink of postseason elimination.

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11hKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has two home runs and three hits against the Reds on Friday. It's his second, 2 homer game of the season as he'll likely be Joe Maddon's clean up hitter heading into the postseason. The Cubs are routing the Reds 7-1.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce's bat has awakened. Bruce has now started five straight games since a brief benching. And after a seventh-inning long ball on Friday in Philadelphia, Bruce now has four homers and seven RBIs and a six-game hitting streak in the past week.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees starter Michael Pineda will finish the season with 174.2 innings pitched and 207 strikeouts, all new career-highs, but will also finish out with a career-high ERA of 4.82 (includes 94 earned runs and 52 homers over 28 starts.) El dominicano Michael Pineda con una nueva marca personal en entradas lanzadas y ponches en una sola temporada con 174 y 2/3 y 207 abanicados, pero además registró una efectividad de 4.82 y permitió 52 cuadrangulares en 28 aperturas esta temporada.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Short of a miracle, your 2016 home run champ will be Mark Trumbo. The Orioles slugger just went yard for the 47th time, five more than anyone else in the bigs. The two-run blast puts the O's up 5-1 in the fifth and ends the night for Yanks starter Michael Pineda.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

First nine Red Sox hitters saw 51 pitches against Estrada, at a time Jays working with a bullpen thinned by injury to Joaqin Benoit.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Not surprisingly, at cold and damp Yankee Stadium, the ball isn't carrying for the Orioles (or Yanks). In fact, it's the opposite of carrying. Let's call it dropping - Birds dropping. (Insert rim shot here.) Nevertheless, Jonathan Schoop managed to hit one off the wall in right-center for a two-run double. O's lead 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just broke up Josh Smith's perfect game with a HR to lead off the fifth inning. It came on the Cubs 13th batter of the game which coincides how often they've hit a HR at Great American Ballpark this season: Every 13.6 at-bats, that's tops for a visiting team in any park (min 5 games). Cubs lead 1-0 Bot 5.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Masahiro Tanaka will not start against the Orioles on Saturday. Instead, it will be Luis Severino. Tanaka missed his previous start because a slightly strained forearm. If the Yankees were in contention, Tanaka would go.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Ian Kinsler hit his 28th HR of the season Friday. He hit 28 in 2014 and 2015 combined.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the end of the Reds game on Thursday when manager Bryan Price didn't hear the phone in the dugout to signal a replay challenge.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Beautiful night for baseball at first pitch in the Bronx. Seats understandably empty.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs extending the contracts of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Jorge Soler could play as soon as Saturday but more than likely they'll target Sunday to get him on the field as he recovers from a an injury to his right side.