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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaime Garcia's return to the Cardinals rotation has not gone well in the early going. By the fifth batter of the game, the Cardinals had Michael Wacha warming up in the bullpen. That's because he had already allowed three hits, including back-to-back home runs to Joey Votto and Adam Duvall. Garcia has allowed 26 runs in the first inning in his 30 starts. If the Cardinals can reach the NLDS, the good news is they'll only need four starters.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez just hit a grand slam for the Cubs in the fourth inning squarely putting the team's 100th victory in sight as they lead the Pirates 5-0 behind MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Prior to tonight, only one player in MLB had more plate appearances this season than Dee Gordon without hitting a HR (Billy Burns)

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":

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