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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.

Jose Fernandez honored with emotional tribute (1:16)
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10hSarah Langs

The flawed AL wild-card race

The Blue Jays look comfortable in their wild-card spot, but the other AL wild-card contenders have issues. Here's a look at what those problems are.

Vin Scully shares his most embarrassing story to Le Batard (2:01)
Amazing night for David Ross (2:06)
Vin Scully calls Gibson's heroic home run (0:33)
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10hEno Sarris

Spin rates: How they're useful and the numbers that matter

The term spin rate, which measures the revolutions per minute on a particular pitch, is becoming part of the baseball vernacular, but it's important to know what numbers matter and which don't.

Fake tag on Harper ignites tempers of Nats and Pirates (1:04)
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1dJorge 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.

Perez gets emotional remembering Fernandez (2:20)
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18hWallace Matthews

For Yankees, end of season can't come soon enough

After playing themselves into postseason contention earlier this month, the Yankees can't buy a win, with Sunday's walk-off loss the latest example.

Myers smacks go-ahead RBI single (0:29)
Dodgers happy to send Scully off with a win (1:01)


Emotional start to Mets-Marlins game

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


Tim Kurkjian @Kurkjian_ESPN

The next guy to hit his 20th HR this year will be the 104th to do so, breaking the record set in 1999. Gary Sanchez is one of 6 with 19 HR.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

All of Los Angeles will have access to Vin Scully's final game Sunday from San Francisco. The game will be on the club's own channel, SportsNetLA, and will also be televised locally on KTLA/Channel 5. In addition, his entire call will be simulcast on radio in L.A. at AM-570. The third inning of Sunday's game will also air on TV and radio in the Bay Area.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks got out Josh Bell and Andrew McCutchen with 2 on in the third inning keeping the Pirates off the board while lowering his ERA to 2.03 after three innings. He'll need three more scoreless innings to lower it to below 2.00 as the Cubs lead the Pirates 1-0.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees and Blue Jays have had two near-brawls in the first two innings tonight, precipitated by Toronto starter J.A. Happ hitting Chase Headley, which the Yankees apparently thought was retaliation for Luis Severino grazing Josh Donaldson on the elbow pad in the first. The first woof session resulted a warning to Happ and the ejection of Joe Girardi. Things really got heated when Severino clearly threw at Justin Smoak, hitting him in the hip. Severino got tossed and the two teams pushed and shoved for awhile.

Tim Kurkjian @Kurkjian_ESPN

Hendricks struck out Cervelli for strikeout 37,447 this season. This is the 9th straight year that the record for strikeouts has been set.

ESPN @espn

Tonight, the Marlins paid tribute to José Fernández with this solemn rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game": es.pn/2cQXSFW

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.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

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.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

On a night of poignant, personal tributes, devastating emotions and indelible images, all of the Miami Marlins are wearing number 16 jerseys emblazoned with Jose Fernandez's name. Left-handed hitter Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first inning by taking the first pitch as a righty, in tribute to Fernandez, who was a right-handed prodigy. After taking a second ball as a lefty, Gordon swung at Bartolo Colon's next pitch and struck a towering home run to right field, his first of the year in more than 300 at bats. He cried as he rounded the bases. And as he embraced his teammates in the dugout, Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen, who had been in tears during the pregame -- as had his SNY TV booth mates Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez -- said, "I don't care who you are, who you root for or how badly you want the Mets to be in the postseason, THAT was phenomenal."

Jose Fernandez honored with pregame tribute

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.


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

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Incredible: In his 304th at bat of the season, Dee Gordon hits lead off HR for Jose Fernandez. It was his first home run of the year.

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).