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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda may end up being a postseason contributor after all. His playing time is increasing, and he produced a three-run double Tuesday. Duda had missed four months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and two-hit game as he makes progress after an ice-cold start with the Mets.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins will be eliminated from postseason play if San Francisco wins tonight. Given the tragic events of this week, manager Don Mattingly is having a hard time finding perspective.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard reacts to allowing one run in six innings Tuesday in his return from strep throat. His next start will be either the wild-card game or, if the Mets need it, the final day of the regular season.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I went 0-for-5 today, so I don't got s--- to talk about." How about going 0-for-5 in opener of his final series at Yankee Stadium? "That ain't fun."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When David Ortiz strolled to the plate, representing the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought, "I was like, 'What are the chances he is coming up in this situation. It is kind of the way fate had it tonight." Ortiz struck out against Tyler Clippard to end the game, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the AL East.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins drop a 12-1 decision to the Mets. They'll be eliminated from postseason play if the Giants win tonight. But they still have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2009 if they can win three or their last four games.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes each produced early two-run homers and Syndergaard logged six innings in his first start in eight days as the Mets beat the Marlins, 12-1, Tuesday. The Mets (84-74) opened a one-game lead over the Giants and a 1½-game lead over the Cardinals in the wild-card standings pending the outcome of their games later in the evening.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprise, surprise. Juan Lagares can swing a bat. Lagares delivered a ninth-inning sacrifice fly in a rout of the Marlins. Lagares had entered as a defensive replacement. It was his first time swinging in a major league game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Aug. 1. Lagares had been activated from the DL as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. His only other batting opportunity since returning resulted in a sacrifice bunt.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hold the celebration. No champagne tonight. Red Sox's winning streak ends at 11 games, as David Price gives up three homers and David Ortiz strikes out with two runners on base to end a 6-4 Yankees victory. Boston's magic number to clinch AL East remains frozen at 1.

Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong

Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey's first (reg) season with the Cubs is complete as he's in line for his 11th win after going 5 innings while giving up a run to the Pirates on 5 hits. His ERA is 3.35, a solid season for the 37 year old.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.