Inspired night: Dee, Marlins win the Jose way

Inspired night: Dee, Marlins win the Jose way

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park.

Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

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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.

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Tribe clinches Central in Motown showdown

Tribe clinches Central in Motown showdown

DETROIT -- The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit's postseason pursuit much tougher.

Though Corey Kluber lasted just four innings before leaving with right groin tightness, adding to Cleveland's rotation injuries, Coco Crisp's two-run home run in the second inning and Roberto Perez's solo shot in the seventh helped power the Indians to their 14th win in 16 games against the Tigers this season, eliminating Detroit from the division race. Cleveland clinched its eighth title since divisional play began in 1969, and its second playoff berth in four years under manager Terry Francona.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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100 Grand! Slam seals century mark for Cubs

100 Grand! Slam seals century mark for Cubs

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs won their 100th game of the season Monday night the same way they checked off the first 99 -- with dominant starting pitching and an overpowering offensive attack. Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, Kyle Hendricks lowered his Major League-leading ERA to 1.99 and the Cubs rolled over the Pirates, 12-2, at PNC Park.

"It's not too often you get this much talent in one room on one team," said Kris Bryant, who celebrated the 100th win by driving in his 100th and 101st RBIs on a two-run homer. "We need to realize what we have here and be grateful for it. I couldn't have pictured a better first two years in the big leagues."

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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.

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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With 5-run 9th, Yanks stun Jays, cut their WC lead

With 5-run 9th, Yanks stun Jays, cut their WC lead

TORONTO -- In a game marred by two early benches-clearing incidents, the Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning -- three coming on homers by Mark Teixeira and Aaron Hicks -- and defeated the Blue Jays, 7-5, on Monday night at Rogers Centre to win the finale of the four-game series.

The loss cut the Blue Jays' lead for the first American League Wild Card to one game over the idle Orioles, who begin a crucial three-game series Tuesday in Toronto. The Blue Jays are in a solid position with six games left, as they are three games up for a Wild Card spot.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Cano's 2 HRs put Seattle 2 back in Wild Card

Cano's 2 HRs put Seattle 2 back in Wild Card

HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston closer to elimination.

Cano clubbed two home runs, including a long solo shot down the right-field line off Luke Gregerson in the 11th inning, to send the Mariners to a key, 4-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Shortstops, right fielders are guys you gotta glove

Betts, Eaton, Crawford, Lindor, Russell top defensive finalists

Shortstops, right fielders are guys you gotta glove

Run prevention is one of baseball's new buzz terms. As the game and how we watch it continue to evolve, we're realizing more with each passing season that the balls that end up in gloves are just as important as the ones that end up in the bleacher seats.

Defense could be just as important to success in the Major Leagues as any other facet of the game, and there are myriad ways to evaluate it through advanced statistics. Those are becoming increasingly more reliable as the 2016 campaign winds down and we look to reward the best in the sport for their stellar work with the glove.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals fall back in WC race with lopsided loss

Cardinals fall back in WC race with lopsided loss

ST. LOUIS -- Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 loss to the Reds to open a seven-game homestand on Monday night.

The Cardinals fell further back in the National League Wild Card race that the Mets still lead with six days remaining in the regular season. New York, which also lost on Monday, holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals. The Giants, who were idle, sit one game ahead of St. Louis.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Plenty of Wild Card questions with 6 days to go

Plenty of Wild Card questions with 6 days to go

The divisions have been decided, but that doesn't mean the pennant races are over. More drama on Monday night has added intrigue to the chases for the available Wild Card slots and home-field advantage in each league.

Here's where we stand heading into today:

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Boston goes for AL East crown on MLB.TV

Astros, Mariners compete for Wild Card push; Tigers take on newly crowned AL Central champs

Boston goes for AL East crown on MLB.TV

The final division race can be settled today as the Red Sox enter play with an opportunity to clinch the American League East.

Boston has already secured at least a tie for the division as well as a playoff spot, but the club can claim the East outright with a win over the Yankees in New York or a Blue Jays loss to the Orioles.

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Chad Thornburg 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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Phil Rogers

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Smallest guy on field homers after tribute to fallen teammate

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Dee Gordon was holding the bat. We know that.

But the forces that swung it through the strike zone?

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Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose Fernandez by batting from the right side of the plate, then he homered

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Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose Fernandez by batting from the right side of the plate, then he homered

There was not a dry eye in the stadium as the Marlins and Mets took the field to play each other on Monday. Just a day after Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident, and after the Marlins had postponed their game against the Braves, the team was back to play a game. 

During a beautiful pregame tribute, the Marlins took the field in Fernandez's No. 16 jersey: 

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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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Nothing went as planned for Tribe -- except title

Injured pitchers, Brantley's absence couldn't hold back Tribe

Nothing went as planned for Tribe -- except title

The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.

It didn't go to plan. And the Indians won anyway.

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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.

Tex punctuates last road HR with first bat flip

Yanks slugger's blast ties game, ignites five-run ninth in comeback win

Tex punctuates last road HR with first bat flip

TORONTO -- If Monday's game at Rogers Centre was Mark Teixeira's final road contest, it certainly was one for the memory books.

The veteran Yankees slugger made his presence felt in a thrilling, come-from-behind, 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox magic number for AL East title now 1

Red Sox magic number for AL East title now 1

The Red Sox got one step closer to an American League East title Monday as the Blue Jays lost, 7-5, to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. Toronto's defeat lowered Boston's magic number to one, meaning the Red Sox can finish no worse than a tie for first place in the division.

The Red Sox have already secured a playoff berth and can now claim the East as soon as Tuesday with one more win or another Blue Jays loss.

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

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

MIAMI -- No. 16 was everywhere during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets. Each Miami player had it on the back of his black uniform top.

Nothing has been officially announced, but it just might be the last time we see a Marlins player wear No. 16.

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

Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session

Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session

DETROIT -- Danny Salazar walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, and moved swiftly down the hall toward the training room. Before he disappeared around a corner, the Indians pitcher was asked if he played catch again on Monday afternoon.

"Yes," said Salazar, who then broke into a wide smile. "I threw a bullpen."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

Infielder takes first pitch from right side, then goes deep as lefty swinger

After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

MIAMI -- An emotional and teary-eyed Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose Fernandez in dramatic fashion on Monday night at Marlins Park. The two-time All-Star second baseman, after taking one pitch batting from the right side in the first inning, switched back to his natural lefty spot, and two pitches later belted his first home run of the season, a second-deck drive off Mets righty Bartolo Colon.

It was a poetic moment on a night when the Marlins struggled to find the right words to explain the loss of a teammate. The homer also provided a much-needed lift that helped carry Miami to a 7-3 win.

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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.

After the Indians clinched the AL Central, Mike Napoli said the party is 'Wherever I'm going'

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After the Indians clinched the AL Central, Mike Napoli said the party is 'Wherever I'm going'

Mike Napoli is a one-man party machine. If you could rent him out for birthdays and weddings, people would pay. Because wherever he goes, good times follow. 

That was already a fact when he was on the World Series-winning Red Sox in 2013 when he started playing bartender. And now, "Party at Napoli's" has become a rallying cry for the city of Cleveland. His bat is named for it and fans showed up to College Gameday carrying the phrase on a sign. So when the Indians clinched their first division title since 2007 after defeating the Tigers, 7-4, it was time to celebrate. But where, oh where would this party be? 

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Yanks, Blue Jays clear benches twice

Three players hit by pitches; NY's Severino, Girardi, Rothschild and Thomson ejected

Yanks, Blue Jays clear benches twice

TORONTO -- A trio of hit-by-pitches led to the Blue Jays and Yankees clearing their benches twice early in Monday's 7-5 Yankees win at Rogers Centre.

The friction started when Josh Donaldson was hit by a 97-mph fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino with one out in the first inning. While Toronto's third baseman took his base, the reigning American League MVP Award winner was clearly not happy.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. John Lott is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber exits start with right groin tightness

Kluber exits start with right groin tightness

DETROIT -- Corey Kluber stood off to the side in the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, goggles on and soaked in champagne. The Indians' ace has watched his team overcome an assortment of obstacles this season, but none stopped Cleveland from capturing an American League Central title.

In the Tribe's division-clinching 7-4 win over the Tigers on Monday night, the latest hurdle involved Kluber. The leader of Cleveland's rotation, which has already absorbed the losses of Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, exited after four innings as a precaution due to tightness in his right groin.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Mets broadcasters, like all of us, got choked up while remembering Jose Fernandez

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The Mets broadcasters, like all of us, got choked up while remembering Jose Fernandez

After the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez on Sunday, the Marlins put on a beautiful pregame tribute before their matchup against the Mets on Monday. The players, adorned in No. 16s with "Fernandez" scrawled across the back, then bowed their heads beside the mound before starter Adam Conley took the hill.

SNY broadcasters Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez also offered their thoughts on the passing of one of MLB's brightest young stars. Fighting back tears, they discussed the 24-year-old's trendsetting personality, his otherworldly talent and how the loss would be such a crushing blow to the baseball world. It's definitely worth a listen in the main clip above.

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With 2-run HR, Bryant passes 100 RBIs

With 2-run HR, Bryant passes 100 RBIs

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant finished the 2015 season with 99 RBIs, which was good enough to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. In Monday's 12-2 win over the Pirates, Bryant reached the century mark, hitting his 39th home run, a two-run shot, to raise his season total to 101 RBIs with the Cubs. Give Chris Coghlan an assist.

Coghlan was the Cubs' leadoff man, while Bryant batted second. Coghlan was motivated.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07

Tribe never lost grip after grabbing hold of division lead on June 4

Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07

DETROIT -- Cody Allen threw one last strike, and then threw his arms high in the air. As the Indians' closer walked off the mound at Comerica Park on Monday night, the party began. After nine years, the wait is over. Once again, Cleveland holds the rights to the American League Central crown.

Manager Terry Francona hugged bench coach Brad Mills. Chris Antonetti, the team's president of baseball operations, turned and embraced Mike Chernoff, his general manager. Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Mike Napoli met in the middle of the infield, jumping together as the edges of their circle began growing into a celebratory mob with all their teammates.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Hosmer, Sale set for terrific Tuesday

Cardinals' Carpenter, Dodgers' Seager, Braves' Teheran could also rank among day's top picks

Hosmer, Sale set for terrific Tuesday

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Tuesday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

Marlins moved to tears as rival embraces unity in light of tragic loss

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

MIAMI -- The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

After a touching pregame ceremony, the entire Mets team approached the Marlins and the two rivals embraced on a day Miami, South Florida and the baseball community paid tribute to Jose Fernandez.

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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.

Troubles vs. Tribe cost Tigers big this year

Detroit comes up short in race for AL Central title

Troubles vs. Tribe cost Tigers big this year

DETROIT -- While the Indians stormed the field at Comerica Park after the final out of Monday's 7-4 win, most of the Tigers filed down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse. They had little interest in watching Cleveland celebrate a division title on their turf in front of a horde of fans who drove up from Ohio to watch it.

J.D. Martinez lingered around a little bit and forced himself to take a look before heading back in.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seattle bullpen picks up shaky Diaz, delivers in extras

Storen, Vincent lock down win after Astros' rally

Seattle bullpen picks up shaky Diaz, delivers in extras

HOUSTON -- A Mariners bullpen that hadn't allowed a hit over 11 2/3 innings finally cracked in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday as young closer Edwin Diaz gave up four hits and two runs -- and a two-run lead -- in a critical game against the Astros.

But such is the resilient nature of this club that Diaz wiggled out of that precarious position by retiring the final two batters with the winning run perched on third, then Seattle won it, 4-3, in the 11th on a second home run by Robinson Cano. With the win, Seattle moved to two game back in the American League Wild Card race.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benoit injures calf, Travis hurts shoulder

Blue Jays reliever limps off after benches clear; second baseman winces on swing

Benoit injures calf, Travis hurts shoulder

TORONTO -- Toronto reliever Joaquin Benoit injured his calf and had to be helped off the field after the second benches-clearing incident in the Blue Jays' 7-5 loss to the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis also left the game with a shoulder injury, although it was not immediately clear how it happened. He winced and reached for his left shoulder after the final swing of a strikeout in the fourth inning.

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John Lott is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altuve shows never-give-up drive after injury

Astros 2B stays in game, sparks late rally to force extras

Altuve shows never-give-up drive after injury

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve could've given up.

Down one run in the top of the sixth inning of Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Mariners, the All-Star second baseman and MVP candidate could've called it quits after his wrist bent awkwardly into the grass as he dove for a single.

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.