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On his last night at Yankee Stadium, David Ortiz to play villain -- and hero

The Yankees will honor David Ortiz before his Bronx finale. Will the fans boo, cheer or even -- gasp! -- moon him? No matter what, it'll be electric.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

After flirting with having Bartolo Colon pitch on short rest Friday, the Mets intend to stick with their original plan. So Robert Gsellman will open the series against the Phillies, followed by Colon on Saturday. Ideally, the Mets will have clinched before Sunday. That way, Noah Syndergaard can throw a couple of innings in the regular-season finale as a tune-up for the wild-card game rather than making a full start Sunday.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

As Adam Jones joked the other day, the Orioles are already playing with house money since the computer projections all said they weren't contenders. They're leading the Blue Jays 2-0 through five behind Ubaldo Jimenez, going for his seventh straight solid start. He's at 93 pitches so Buck Showalter won't wait much longer before turning this one over to his bullpen.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In the fourth, David Ortiz walked and was pinch-run for by Brock Holt. Ortiz received a pretty nice cheer as he left the field, but nothing too special. That ends his career at Yankee Stadium. He will probably go down as the most impactful figure in the rivalry since Babe Ruth.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz draws a walk and a pinch-runner. Another nice ovation as he jogs off the field at Yankee Stadium in the top of the fourth inning. He went 0-for-10 with two walks and four strikeouts in his final series in the Bronx.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankee Stadium has become Fenway South. Xander Bogaerts just tied the game in the fourth inning with a home run and the crowd erupted. It is 1-1.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Rosenberg, a 12-year-old Dodgers fan from Chula Vista, had a handwritten sign Thursday saying he would do push-ups for a bat. Yasiel Puig told the kid to drop and give him 50. He did and got Puig's bat in return.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoan Moncada left the Red Sox today and flew to Fort Myers to prepare for the Arizona Fall League, the team announced. He's expected to play third base in Arizona. In eight big-league games, the 21-year-old top prospect went 4-for-19 with one walk and 12 strikeouts, including nine in a row.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

David Ortiz got mostly a standing O in his first at-bat, then a K. CC Sabathia just struck him out after a lot of fans -- many with Red Sox jerseys on -- cheered him at Yankee Stadium.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Attendance continues to slump at the end of the season for the Cardinals, not surprising since they are 34-43 at home.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Standing ovation and chants of "Papi! Papi" as David Ortiz comes to the plate in the second inning. Also, cheers after Ortiz strikes out against CC Sabathia.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mariano Rivera presents David Ortiz with a painting of himself at home plate at Yankee Stadium.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals showed surprising patience with Brandon Moss considering his .298 September OPS is among the five worst in MLB history. By Thursday, their patience finally reached a limit. Moss was out of the lineup, replaced in left field by Jose Martinez, a 28-year old with all of 14 major league plate appearances.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariano Rivera presents David Ortiz with an oil painting of Big Papi standing at home plate at Yankee Stadium and tipping his cap. David Cone and Jacoby Ellsbury give Ortiz a leather-bound book with hand-written letters to him from Yankees players over the years.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees gave David Ortiz two gifts. David Cone and Jacoby Ellsbury presented Ortiz a leatherbound book with well-wishes letters from Yankees. Second, Mariano Rivera unveiled an oil painting with Ortiz standing at home plate tipping his cap to the fans. They played "Sweet Caroline" to close out the ceremony.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

PA announcer Paul Olden just said, "The Yankees would like to put the rivalry" aside to honor Big Papi. When Ortiz was introduced with his family, there were mostly cheers.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are going to honor David Ortiz momentarily. What is behind the curtain?