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2mDavid Schoenfield

Jose Fernandez was the most exciting pitcher in baseball

With a rare charisma and fiery enthusiasm, Jose Fernandez had pitching talent matched by only a short list of baseball legends.

Fernandez's death felt throughout baseball (2:02)
Jose Fernandez's remarkable resume (0:53)
Fans honor Fernandez outside Marlins Stadium (0:30)
Vin Scully calls Gibson's heroic home run (0:33)
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1hSarah Langs

The flawed AL wild-card race

The Blue Jays look comfortable in their wild-card spot, but the other AL wild-card contenders have issues. Here's a look at what those problems are.

Elias Stein

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

It's the final week of the regular season and Cubs confidence is high. Is October glory ahead, or is another heartbreak inevitable? Vote now!

Fake tag on Harper ignites tempers of Nats and Pirates (1:04)
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1hEno Sarris

Spin rates: How they're useful and the numbers that matter

The term spin rate, which measures the revolutions per minute on a particular pitch, is becoming part of the baseball vernacular, but it's important to know what numbers matter and which don't.

Amazing night for David Ross (2:06)
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23hJorge Morejón

Miami está de luto por la muerte de su ídolo

A juicio de Jorge Morejón, la muerte de José Fernández duele y mucho. En primer lugar, porque se trataba de un joven saludable y feliz, carismático como pocos, sonriente y afable, pero al mismo tiempo un fiero competidor.

Perez gets emotional remembering Fernandez (2:20)
Cespedes pays tribute to Fernandez (0:31)
Myers smacks go-ahead RBI single (0:29)
Dodgers happy to send Scully off with a win (1:01)


Derek Carty

It's a tough DFS slate, with no elite offenses and all the aces facing non-ideal matchups. Derek Carty explains how to win facing those challenges. Creative picks for a tough daily fantasy slate

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Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals

In his final regular-season home game, C David Ross smacks a solo home run to help the Cubs win 3-1 over the Cardinals.


Myers smacks go-ahead RBI single

Wil Myers hits a single to right field, bringing in the go-ahead run as the Padres take a 4-3 lead over the Giants.


Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Cubs: 99 wins is their most since winning 100 in 1935; 57 home wins, their most in a season at Wrigley Field

Ortiz gets emotional during tribute for Jose Fernandez

Before the Red Sox-Rays game, David Ortiz gets a little choked up while observing a moment of silence held for the death of Marlins P Jose Fernandez.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch David Ross react to the ovations and curtain calls in his last reg season home game.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch David Ross discuss his home run and standing ovations from fans in his final regular season home game of his career.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss the night David Ross had at Wrigley Field on Sunday. He homered while Joe Maddon pulled him mid-inning to let the fans give him his moment.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets farmhand Josh Zeid tossed three no-hit relief innings and Israel advanced to next March's World Baseball Classic with a 9-1 win against Great Britain on Sunday in Brooklyn. Former major leaguer Jason Marquis opened the game with four no-hit innings. Ike Davis went 0-for-3.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs set a franchise record with their 57th home win in their final home game of the regular season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs win their 99th game with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis giving them 7 tries to win No. 100 for the first time since 1935. Jon Lester improved to 19-4 pitching his league leading 24th game giving up fewer than 3 runs. He gave up zero in 6.2 innings.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Sunday night to slip further back in the wild-card race. They trail the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games and the San Francisco Giants by a half-game with seven games remaining, all at home. Many of the Cardinals key hitters have slumped all month.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Goodnight from Dodger Stadium. See you in October.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The next time I walk in here, Vin Scully won't be calling games. Not sure I've come to grips with that yet.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester made another strong statement for the Cy Young award as he threw 6.2 scoreless innings against the Cardinals giving up just 3 hits and one walk while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 2.28 and needs to pitch just 2.1 innings in his final start to reach the coveted 200 innings; a key stat for his own self evaluation.