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Baseball takes back seat as players, teams honor Jose Fernandez


Each night in the 2016 baseball season we’ll run down the top news, facts and highlights from around Major League Baseball.Playoff pictures, Cy Young awards and MVP contenders took a back seat Sunday after the stunning news thatMarlins ace Jose Fernandez was one of three killedin a boating accident nearMiami Beach.MORE: Jose Fernandez showed importance of embracinghumanity of baseballThe Marlins canceled their scheduled game against the Braves to grieveand allow Fernandez’s friends and family to mournthe lo s of a 24-year-old who had the world ahead of him. Around MLB, players and managers rallied to show their support and dismay over the fallen star, and moments of silence were observed.At Marlins Park, a graphic featuring Fernandez’s No. 16 overtook every screen.Marlins manager Don Mattingly reflected on the joyous time he got to spend with Fernandez while in Miami.A very emotional Don Mattingly reflects on his joy managing Jos Fernndez. MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was in tears while he told reporters:My friend, my brother. You know how much I loved you. I have no words.Red Sox slugger DavidOrtiz was supposed to be honored by theRays as he played his final game in Tampa Bay, but canceled the celebration out of respect for Fernandez. He then decided to honor Fernandez during the game.. @davidortiz pays his respects to Jos Fernndez: MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Many other teams and players followed suit, including Mets star outfielder and fellow CubanYoenis Cespedes, who hung a Mets-themedFernandez jersey in the dugout.Bigger than Bo Jackson Jersey baseball. #RIPJose #brothers New York Mets (@Mets) September 25, 2016 This mound will always belong to No. 16. MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Players of the dayWith many players shining in the Royals’ 12-9 win over the Tigers, Alex Gordon and Kendrys Morales were the brightest. Gordon collected three hits with two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk. Morales went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.Detroit fell 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles for the final AL wild-card spot with the lo s.HighlightDodgers players salute Vin Scully as they walk to the plate. The legendary broadcaster called his final game at Dodger Stadium, a 4-3 win over the Rockies that clinched the NL West.Saluting a legend. #VIN MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Three things to knowThe Mets defeated the Phillies17-0, marking theirlargest margin of victory in a shutout in team history. Rays hitters struck out in 11 consecutive plate appearances in a 3-2 lo s to the Red Sox, the longest single-game streak in MLB history. Carlos Rodon led the White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Indians by allowing just two hits in eight scorele s innings while striking out 11 batters. The White Sox are well out of the playoff picture, but they will be encouraged by Rodon heading into next season.What’s nextIndians (90-65) at Tigers (83-72), 7:10 p.m. ET There are two keythings to watch in this game.The Orioles are off Monday, so the Tigers have a chance to again get within a gameof the final AL wild-card spot.Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.11 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians, and he is still firmly in the race to win the AL Cy Young award.

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