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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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Ortiz receives mixed ovation in first AB (0:17)
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2hJayson 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.

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

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Sanchez mashes 20th HR of season

Gary Sanchez ties the MLB record for fewest games (53) to hit 20 career home runs with his two-run shot in the first inning against the Red Sox.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Sanchez homers -- again -- and the theme from "The Natural" plays at Yankee Stadium, complete with the flickering of the lights. Roy Hobbs has nothing on Sanchez, who ties Wally Berger (1930) for fastest ever to reach 20 homers (53 games).

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Rookie Gary Sanchez doing Gary Sanchez things again. He just took David Price deep for a two-run homer in the first to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead over the Red Sox. It was Sanchez's 20th homer of the season in 185 at-bats.

Ortiz receives mixed ovation in first AB

David Ortiz gets a mix of boos and cheers in his first at-bat of his last series at Yankee Stadium.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In David Ortiz's first at-bat in his last series at Yankee Stadium, he recieved a mixed reaction. It may have been that the Red Sox fans in attendance cheered, while the Yankee fans did not. He flew out to center to end the inning.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Moment of silence at Yankee Stadium to remember Jose Fernandez.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Cole's suspension was supposed to start tonight. However, he has elected to file an appeal.

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.