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Nats open series vs. Marlins with eye on home field (The Associated Press)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:05:20 PDT

There will be plenty of raw emotion at Nationals Park on Friday when the Miami Marlins begin a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. The series opener comes a day after a memorial service in Florida for Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Marlins who died in a boating accident Sunday. Among those on hand for the Thursday service was Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who grew up in the Miami area and like Fernandez has Cuban heritage.

Marlins' Fernandez remembered as larger than life at funeral (The Associated Press)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:59:53 PDT

Despite all his accomplishments, Jose Fernandez never pitched a complete game, and on Thursday he was carried out of church in a casket with too much unfinished business. ''We weren't supposed to be here today,'' Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. ''It's very difficult to understand this,'' said the Rev. Jose Alvarez, Catholic ministry liaison to the Marlins.

The Latest: Fernandez remembered as larger than life (The Associated Press)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:23:08 PDT

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was remembered as a larger than life figure during a homily at his funeral. ''Jose was too good for this league,'' the Rev. Jose Alvarez said during the Thursday afternoon service.

Jose Fernandez's high-school jersey stolen after candlelight vigil (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:38 PDT

Jose Fernandez was remembered at a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Alonso High School in Tampa, the school he attended, the school where he became a baseball star. Alonso ball coach: boggles my mind someone would tarnish what we did last night for Jose.

Probe of jetty sought amid services for Marlins' Fernandez (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:48 PDT

Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team's ballpark Wednesday, as the farewell for their beloved teammate marched on. As players and fans honored Fernandez's memory, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sought a safety probe into the rock jetty where a boat crash claimed the lives of the baseball star and two friends. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, manager Don Mattingly, hitting coach Barry Bonds and the players including Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton wore white T-shirts emblazoned with Fernandez's image and the letters ''RIP'' as they slowly walked the hearse away from Marlins Park in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games (Reuters)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:20:55 PDT

(Adds late games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3 Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, who clinched the AL East Division title. The Red Sox learned they secured their eighth divisional title before Craig Kimbrel threw a pitch when the Baltimore Orioles secured a 3-2 win in Toronto.

Mets gain separation in wild-card race as Giants and Cardinals fall (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:46:05 PDT

The circumstances the Mets walked into this week were not easy. As the city of Miami and the Marlins organization mourned the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, the Mets had to balance their own emotions with taking care of business. The Mets got a solid start from Seth Lugo, who allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Miami leads Fernandez from Marlins Park; Mets win 5-2 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:15:57 PDT

The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game. Drained by four days of grieving Jose Fernandez's death, they didn't have much left for the New York Mets. Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and the Mets helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami 5-2.

Marlins bid farewell to tragic pitcher Fernandez (AFP)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:07 PDT

Miami Marlins players bade an emotional farewell to pitcher Jose Fernandez on Wednesday as the city paid tribute to the Cuban-born star at an emotion-filled memorial service. The entire Marlins team gathered around a funeral hearse carrying Fernandez's body for a funeral procession which began at Marlins Park before winding its way to church. The procession left the stadium at 2:16pm local time -- a tribute to Fernandez's number 16 jersey that is to be retired by the franchise following the player's death on Sunday in a boating accident.

The Latest: Fans line up for Jose Fernandez public viewing (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:01:47 PDT

Hundreds of fans are streaming into a Miami-area church for a public viewing of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a weekend boat crash along with two friends. St. Brendan's Catholic Church opened its doors for the viewing at 5 p.m. Wednesday. People could be seen lined up for blocks and many said they felt compelled to come because of Fernandez's popularity as a baseball player and a hero to many in the Cuban-American community.

Fans chant Jose Fernandez's name during emotional memorial service (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:54:21 PDT

The baseball world continues to cope with the tragic death of 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez’s funeral procession was held in Miami on Wednesday, giving fans one final opportunity to pay their respects to the superstar pitcher. Given Fernandez’s standing in Miami, as well as his larger than life stature within the game, it was no surprise the local fans came out in droves to celebrate Fernandez’s life. At one point during the service, fans lining the streets could be heard chanting “Jose, Jose, Jose” as the procession passed them.

Final Volume: Ranking 2016 (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:53:00 PDT

With five days to go, Brad Johnson looks back at the top closers of the 2016 MLB season.

Mets give young fan amazing gift after he's bruised by foul ball (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:31:43 PDT

At the very least, you hope there won’t be tears.  On Tuesday night, while the New York Mets were playing the Miami Marlins, the Mets spotted (and indirectly caused) the tears of a young fan, so they decided to give him a gift he’d never forget. In the sixth inning, Jay Bruce had a pretty epic 11-pitch at-bat against Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino. Bruce hit six of those 11 pitches foul, and one of them bounced on the top of the dugout and then ricocheted off the arm of a young Mets fan.

Phillies' Howard set for final hacks at Turner Field (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:51:46 PDT

No one is going to hate to see the Atlanta Braves leave Turner Field more than Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard likely will be in the lineup again Wednesday for the second game of the three-game set that will conclude the Phillies' history at Turner Field. In 88 career games at Turner Field, Howard is hitting .270 (87-for-322) with 23 homers and 81 RBIs.

Fernandez's friend Gonzalez start for Nats vs. D-backs (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:05:33 PDT

Even under normal circumstances this year, it is hard to predict what kind of performance Gio Gonzalez will give the Washington Nationals when he takes the mound. Gonzalez will start at home Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks just three days after his friend, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, died in a boating accident in Florida. Gonzalez broke down in tears when a moment of silence was given for Fernandez before Washington's game in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Posey, Pence go back-to-back as Giants beat Rockies 12-3 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:26:38 PDT

Buster Posey's 1,000th hit came on a home run that bounced off the top of the wall and over. The fan who grabbed the souvenir ball gladly returned it, and Posey offered a bat in trade. Hunter Pence went deep one batter after Posey in the fifth inning during a 19-hit night for San Francisco, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday.

Wins by the dozen: Mets, Giants, Cards all score 12-run routs (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:06:31 PDT

If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. • The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1. The Mets trounced the Marlins on Tuesday night.

Mets help playoff chances by beating mourning Marlins 12-1 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:54:02 PDT

With time running out in the playoff race, the New York Mets set sympathy aside. Noah Syndergaard struck out eight and allowed one run in six innings Tuesday night, and the Mets totaled 19 hits to beat the grieving Miami Marlins 12-1. Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes each hit his 31st homer for the Mets, who maintained their half-game lead over the Giants for the first NL wild card.

Diaz, with heavy heart, powers Cards past Reds 12-5 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:48:45 PDT

Aledmys Diaz made a vow Monday to the family of childhood friend Jose Fernandez, the late Miami Marlins ace who died in a boating accident early Sunday. ''I told them that every single time I put on the uniform, I would be thinking of him,'' Diaz said. Back in the lineup after attending a private ceremony for Fernandez in Florida on Monday, Diaz hit his first career grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals finished with five home runs in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games (Reuters)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:44:57 PDT

(Adds later games) Sept 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Tuesday: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1 Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 in six innings, Josh Donaldson and Ezequiel Carrera homered and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles. Carrera and Donaldson each had two RBIs for the Blue Jays (87-70) who have moved two games ahead of the Orioles (85-72) in the race for the first wild-card spot in the American League.

Mets visit Marlins with wild-card lead (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:34:01 PDT

MIAMI -- The New York Mets can put on a power show.

Daily Dose: Justin Time (Rotoworld)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:21:00 PDT

Ryan Boyer looks at Justin Verlander's superb season, Johnny Cueto's impending return and more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.

Jose Fernandez's best friend gives us another incredible on-field tribute (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:19 PDT

Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez. On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident. Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz.

Jose Fernandez gets high praise from Donald Trump at Florida campaign stop (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:22:22 PDT

It’s not just the baseball world that’s still thinking about Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old star Miami Marlins pitcher killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:02:22 PDT

Washington Nationals All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, manager Dusty Baker announced Tuesday. Ramos suffered the injury on Monday, two days after the Nationals clinched the National League East title. Ramos recently turned down a contract offer from the Nationals and appears headed to the free-agent market.

Friend texted worries about boating with Marlins' Fernandez (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:23:07 PDT

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday. A friend of one of the victims said he warned him against the post-midnight trip, and Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna said he and at least two other teammates turned down invitations to go and tried to discourage Fernandez from going out. American Social Bar & Kitchen spokeswoman Dana Rhoden said in an email that Fernandez was there before the accident.

The Latest: Texts raised worry before Fernandez boat crash (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:46:05 PDT

A friend of one of the men who died in a boating accident with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez raised concerns in text messages before their fatal late-night trip. Will Bernal says he sent several texts to 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero after midnight Sunday, urging him not to go out on the water. The texts, which Bernal posted on social media, asked Rivero turn on his ''find iPhone'' application and to try to get Fernandez to keep the boat close to shore.

Mysterious bag of Jose Fernandez baseballs washes ashore in Miami (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:54:08 PDT

The tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez sent shockwaves through the baseball community. The Marlins played their first game without Fernandez on Monday, and given the circumstances surrounding his death, it proved to be an emotional affair. Hours before first pitch, a bag containing baseballs signed by Fernandez washed ashore about a mile away from the crash scene.

Official: Bag of 4 Fernandez signed baseballs washes ashore (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:53:13 PDT

MIAMI (AP) -- As the baseball world mourned the death of Jose Fernandez, a beachgoer found a bag containing four baseballs signed by the Marlins 24-year-old pitcher.

Scherzer goes for 19 wins as Nationals host Diamondbacks (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:32:49 PDT

Washington right-hander Max Scherzer will start Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a chance to win 20 games this season. Scherzer, if he stayed on schedule, would pitch Sunday in the regular-season finale at home against the Miami Marlins. "You are getting your workload in," Scherzer said Monday of his approach to getting ready for the playoffs.