Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

Team will wear patch to pay tribute to Fernandez for rest of season

Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

Every Marlins player will wear a No. 16 jersey in Monday night's game vs. the New York Mets to honor pitcher Jose Fernandez, who passed away in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The team will wear a No. 16 patch for the rest of the season.

Major League Baseball granted the Marlins permission to have all their players wear Fernandez's number. The jerseys were flown in from Philadelphia in time for tonight's game.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Everything about Jose Fernandez radiated hope. Those brown eyes that had seen so much yet shined so bright. The electric arm that racked up strikeouts at a record rate. The contagious smile. The enthusiastic way he rooted for his teammates. The passion he had for his family, for his sport, for his adopted country. And most recently, the excitement he shared with all of us on Instagram, where he announced he would soon become a father.

That hope left us early Sunday morning. Fernandez, just 24 years old and just a few days removed from a typically dominant start, was one of three men who died when a 32-foot boat overturned on a jetty off Miami Beach. And it is a gut-wrenching loss for Fernandez's family, for his girlfriend and unborn child, for the Marlins and for the entire sporting world.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe seeks division crown on MLB.TV

Kluber starts as Indians go for first division title since 2007

Tribe seeks division crown on MLB.TV

The Indians have a chance to clinch the American League Central tonight when they open a four-game series on the road against the Tigers, who are in contention for an AL Wild Card spot.

It's the final week of the regular season, and the Wild Card races remain close in both leagues, so there is a lot on the line in today's Major League schedule.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball world mourns death of Fernandez

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Baseball world mourns death of Fernandez

Early Sunday morning, reports surfaced that Marlins ace José Fernández had passed way in a boating accident in Miami. The Marlins have confirmed the tragic news in a statement.

After learning of the news, the baseball community offered an outpouring of condolences.

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Today's starting lineups: Sept. 26

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Alyson Footer

Cards climb rankings in pursuit of playoffs

St. Louis enters final week half-game back of Giants, 1.5 behind Mets in NL Wild Card race

Cards climb rankings in pursuit of playoffs

With most of the division races decided, or on the cusp of being so, all that is left is the matter of a couple of Wild Card races, and determining who will grab home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason.

The Cubs clinched home-field advantage awhile back and should surpass the 100-win mark soon. But the other series, presumably pitting the Nationals against the Dodgers, is still up in the air in terms of where it will begin. Through Sunday, the Nationals had a one-game edge in the win column over Los Angeles, but with a week to play -- the Dodgers play in San Diego and San Francisco; the Nationals are home against the D-backs and Marlins -- things can change quickly.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 keys for Giants to secure a Wild Card spot

5 keys for Giants to secure a Wild Card spot

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants must scale certain obstacles along their path toward securing a National League Wild Card berth.

Those challenges include the obvious: scoring more runs and allowing fewer of them against the Colorado Rockies, whom the Giants open a three-game series against on Tuesday at AT&T Park. Then comes a trio of weekend games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have clinched the NL West title the Giants once believed would be theirs.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Statcast outfield data may shed light on Harper, McCutchen

Nationals right fielder is playing 11 feet shallower in September than April

Statcast outfield data may shed light on Harper, McCutchen

One of the more interesting things about Statcast™ data is that we can use it to identify the starting positions of outfielders. After all, you can't know how far a fielder ran without knowing where they started, and that's how we plan to eventually lead to some revealing new defensive metrics. For now, we can use the data on hand to look at what defensive positioning might tell us about some of what we see in the outfield. Here are four fun facts:

 1. Might Bryce Harper's defense tell us something about his offense?

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vinning tribute! LA walks off to clinch West

Vinning tribute! LA walks off to clinch West

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers gave Vin Scully a championship sendoff in his final Dodger Stadium broadcast, as reserve Charlie Culberson blasted a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday to clinch a fourth consecutive National League West crown with a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

The clubs traded home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, with David Dahl giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen, and then Corey Seager tying the game and earning a curtain call with a blast off Adam Ottavino. Culberson's home run, off Boone Logan, was his first since 2014.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Red Sox K record 11 straight, win 11th in row

Red Sox K record 11 straight, win 11th in row

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays catcher Luke Maile had three chances to tag Dustin Pedroia at plate in the 10th inning, but the Red Sox second baseman avoided the tag twice -- despite being beaten by more than 15 feet on a relay throw from the outfield.

On the third try, Maile tagged Pedroia, but the ball came loose. And David Ortiz's last hit at Tropicana Field will go down as a game-winning double as Boston beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon. It's the 11th win in a row for the Red Sox, who set a Major League record by striking out 11 straight batters at one point in the game.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Sights and sounds from Scully's LA finale

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Sights and sounds from Scully's LA finale

We ignored the calendar. We slept with our pajamas inside out. We made sacrifices to the Baseball Gods. And yet, the day we hoped would never come is finally here: Vin Scully called his final home game on Sunday, as the Dodgers beat the Rockies with a bottom of the 10th walk-off, 4-3.

Scully's not hanging it up quite yet -- he'll call L.A.'s final series of the season in San Francisco next weekend -- but after 67 years as the narrator for the team, it's the end of an era. So, naturally, the Dodgers celebrated that ending the only way Vin would want: in style, and with plenty of smiles.

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Hal Bodley

Sox poised for another fairy tale in Papi's last year

Boston has potential to clinch AL East at Yankee Stadium this week

Sox poised for another fairy tale in Papi's last year

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox, fired up by the momentum of a late-season 11-game winning streak, will invade the Evil Empire's Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, poised to clinch their first American League East title since 2013. 

With visions of making 2016 another last-to-first chapter in their rich history, a fourth World Series championship in the past 13 seasons is the ultimate goal.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers, is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

2016 tiebreaker scenarios

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins reportedly to hire Falvey as president

Indians assistant general manager is favorite to be hired for president of baseball operations

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are set to hire Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations, according to multiple reports.

The Twins, however, have not confirmed the hiring of Falvey, who has been with Cleveland since 2007. A source familiar with the Twins' search said the "process is still ongoing." The Twins are also expected to hire a general manager who will report to Falvey.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors.

It is the first time each player has won the award this season.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen of the Week: LA relievers deliver title

When starters have faltered, Dodgers 'pen has saved the day

Bullpen of the Week: LA relievers deliver title

On the night of June 26, when Clayton Kershaw made his final start before hitting the disabled list, the Dodgers trailed the Giants by eight games in the National League West.

Few would have predicted that night that Los Angeles would be celebrating its fourth consecutive National League West title just 13 weeks later. Injuries and inconsistency have ravaged the Dodgers' rotation all season long, but they are still division champs.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman wins NL Player of the Week Award

Braves slugger tallies 11 hits, homering twice and driving in seven

Freeman wins NL Player of the Week Award

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman earned National League Player of the Week honors after hitting .500 (11-for-22) with two home runs and seven RBIs in six games last week.

The highlight of Freeman's week came on Sept. 19 against the Mets. He went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in a 7-3 win.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets alone atop WC standings after rout

Mets alone atop WC standings after rout

NEW YORK -- Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.

For this Mets club, however, little seems insurmountable. The latest example unfolded when Robert Gsellman saved a worn-out bullpen in a 17-0 blowout of the Phillies on Sunday, the Mets consistently took advantage of Philadelphia mistakes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a late grand slam to secure a series victory at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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5 days that set the course for the Nationals

5 days that set the course for the Nationals

PITTSBURGH -- The Nationals were in turmoil by the end of the 2015 season. They didn't make the postseason, so they dismissed Matt Williams as manager.

In came Dusty Baker, who guided the Nats to their third National League East title. The veteran skipper hopes to take them further than the NL Division Series this October.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Israel drops Great Britain for 1st Classic berth

Three homers, strong pitching carry team in 'very emotional' victory

Israel drops Great Britain for 1st Classic berth

NEW YORK -- Team Israel has reached a goal it has been pursuing for the past four years.

The Israelis have made it to the elite 16 of the World Baseball Classic, vanquishing an extra-inning elimination loss that has haunted them since 2012.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

Nats starter Cole's ejection prompts benches-clearing fracas

Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

PITTSBURGH -- The Nationals believed it was unnecessary and wrong. The Pirates thought it was typical and crafty. Their disagreement over Jung Ho Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper ended with both dugouts and bullpens emptying onto the field, sparking a benches-clearing incident in the third inning of Washington's 10-7 win Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Tempers began to boil in the top of the third, when Bryce Harper laced a line drive to right field. He stretched the hit into a triple, hustling to third base even as right fielder Josh Bell's throw sailed wide of Kang. But Kang faked a tag, leading Harper to make an awkward slide into the bag.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays walk off to close in on Wild Card spot

Blue Jays walk off to close in on Wild Card spot

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Blue Jays rallied late to steal a crucial 4-3 victory against the Yankees on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Toronto maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Baltimore for the top American League Wild Card spot, while the Yankees dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles with seven games remaining.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Sunday.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Mets rock Phils for 17

Stats of the Day: Mets rock Phils for 17

Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues on Sunday …

• The Mets defeated the Phillies, 17-0. The 17 runs in a shutout represented the most in franchise history (eclipsing the 14 runs New York used to defeat Chicago in 1965 and Cincinnati in '98), and the most for any team since the Cubs blanked the Indians by the same score on June 17, 2015.

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Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Seager does it all

Rookie takes over NL West-clinching victory on offense, defense

Statcast of the Day: Seager does it all

At just 22 years old, Corey Seager has emerged as the Dodgers' best player and perhaps one of the best players in the National League. The way Seager has played so far beyond his age in 2016, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he led his team to its biggest win of the season Sunday, a 4-3 division-clinching victory.

The Dodgers stood on the verge of clinching the NL West with a win Sunday. They were tied with the Rockies in the bottom of the eighth (thanks to a seventh-inning RBI triple hit by, who else, Seager) when Colorado's DJ LeMahieu hit a hot shot up the middle. Seager ranged to his left with a first-step reaction time of just three one-hundredths of a second and covered 20 feet, according to Statcast™, before diving behind second base to stop the ball.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre WAY out of baseline on rundown

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Beltre WAY out of baseline on rundown

Adrian Beltre got the day off during Saturday's 5-0 win over the Athletics -- his reward for the team clinching the American League West crown the night before. Beltre doesn't really do days off, though. If he isn't allowed to play, he'll still be on the top step of the dugout giving out (somewhat incomprehensible) defensive alignments.

Beltre was back out on the field for Sunday's game in Oakland, and he had a lot of pent-up energy to burn. So sure, he might have been caught in a rundown in the top of the second, but he would not give up easily. Instead, he decided to go around in a few circles, and then onto the infield grass:

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O's sweep D-backs to boost lead for 2nd WC

O's sweep D-backs to boost lead for 2nd WC

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles did exactly what they needed to do on Sunday afternoon: complete a three-game sweep against Arizona.

Baltimore, which rebounded this weekend following a four-game sweep by the Red Sox, used Hyun-Soo Kim's two-run homer and four scoreless innings from an impressive bullpen to edge the D-backs, 2-1, and gain ground in the American League Wild Card race.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a beloved young superstar in Major League Baseball, died early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach.

The tragedy rocked the organization, the South Florida community and the baseball world. With his passion for playing, emotion and energy, Fernandez became a figure who transcended sports in his four-year big league career.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross, Lester key Cubs' 99th win

Ross, Lester key Cubs' 99th win

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester won his National League-leading 19th game and Addison Russell notched his 94th RBI but Sunday night belonged to David Ross, who was greeted by standing ovations every at-bat, and responded with a solo home run, a few tears and a tip of his cap.

Ross and Lester combined to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals to set a franchise record in home wins at Wrigley Field at 57. It also was Chicago's 99th win overall, tops in the Major Leagues.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Ortiz cancels ceremony; honors friend Fernandez

Ortiz cancels ceremony; honors friend Fernandez

ST. PETERSBURG -- David Ortiz played his final game at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Throughout his farewell tour, a final game at a stadium has been met with a ceremony and a gift.

Out of respect to his friend Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday morning, Ortiz asked that the pregame ceremony be cancelled. The Rays had a video tribute to Ortiz before the second inning.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' comeback hurts Giants' playoff standing

Padres' comeback hurts Giants' playoff standing

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants still can qualify for the postseason, though their 4-3 loss Sunday to the San Diego Padres captured many of their second-half woes.

San Francisco generated a fraction of the offense it produced Saturday, when the club amassed nine runs and 12 hits. This time, the Giants mustered seven hits and scored only in the third inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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