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10hScott 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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9hKeith 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)
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
2hLee 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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11hJeff 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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12hScott 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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18hMark 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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Kepler lays out for big catch to end inning (0:20)
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Gibson slips and falls on the mound (0:34)
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Ball boy makes tough grab (0:25)
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9hKeith 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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Scott Boras reflects on Fernandez's life (2:38)

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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.

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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.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ross was given a box of soaps from the Reds courtesy of the Grandpa Soap Co. (No joke). Includes Pine Tar Soap. The Reds will also play a mid game video tribute to him on Sunday. He had two of his best offensive years in a Reds uniform.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Wacha will start Saturday's game for the Cardinals, but manager Mike Matheny said it will be "all hands on deck." Mike Leake will be available to pitch.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With rain falling at Fenway 90 minutes before Red Sox-Blue Jays, AccuWeather calling for light, but steady rain throughout the night, "chilly, raw and wet" conditions, with temps in mid-50s. Delays likely, so bring your rain gear -- and your patience.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are activating Matt Holliday so he can have his moment with the fans this weekend. GM John Mozeliak announced the team will not pick up his 2017 option.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You always hear about the Yankees doing things first-class. Here's an example: In the visitors' clubhouse, there are four black leather couches, and the middle back pillow on each one has an authentic, embroidered Orioles logo on it. Turns out each middle pillow has a zip-out swatch that allows them to swap out the logos depending on which team is in town. Because of that (and because it's a really swanky room), you'd never know it was the visitors' clubhouse.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs playing some pepper before taking on the Reds.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's currently misty (and tarpy) at Yankee Stadium. Accuweather forecast for Orioles/Yanks calls for a 65% chance of showers at game time, with the threat lingering throughout the evening. The O's have won five of their last six and are now tied with Toronto for the top wild card spot.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are down with the #PonLeAcento campaign. Aledmys Diaz, Jhonny Peralta and Alexandra Noboa, the team translator, are pictured.