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Marlins' Dee Gordon breaks down into tears after hitting lead-off home run

Dee Gordon took the first pitch of the Marlins' first-at bat since Jose Fernandez's tragic death Sunday from the right-handed batter's box while …

Soccer

It wasn’t just that he was one of baseball’s resplendent talents, although Jose Fernandez certainly… – Medium

It wasn’t just that he was one of baseball’s resplendent talents, although Jose Fernandez certainly was that.<p>His fastball routinely touched 97 mph. …

Tragic loss of Jose Fernandez leaves us wondering what might have been

Let's hope that someday, when we think of Jose Fernandez, we can remember the smile, we can remember the charisma, we can remember the special joy he …

Baseball

José Fernández Was a Joy

José Fernández died in a boating accident early this morning. He was a lot of things to a lot of people. First and foremost, he was Cuban. Cuban …

Sports Analytics

Jose Fernandez's tragic death darkens one of baseball's brightest lights

The wickedness of his breaking ball was exceeded only by the wattage of his smile. His personality, not just his arm, made Jose Fernandez of the …

Soccer

Jose Fernandez’s story: From saving mom’s life to electric fastballs

You search for words. But you will not find the right ones.<p>Death is always sad, too often tragic. Young death is worse yet. And then there is …

Mariners Catcher Steve Clevenger Suspended Without Pay For Tweets

The Seattle Mariners responded to backup catcher Steve Clevenger’s dogshit dumb tweets about protesters by suspending him without pay for the …

Baseball

Now that's a gift!

Farewell, Papi.

Mookie Betts becomes the first this season to 200 hits

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts beat Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (199) to 200 hits, racking up two hits in his first two at-bats of Tuesday …

Soccer

Trea Turner Already Earning Place Among MLB's Elite Young Stars

The Atlanta Braves tried fastballs and changeups, sliders and cutters, in and out, up and down.<p>Whatever they threw, wherever they threw it, Trea Turner hit it. It got to be a little ridiculous—so ridiculous that when Turner came to the plate for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, Don Sutton …

Mike Trout

Henderson Alvarez Set For Shoulder Surgery

Athletics righty <b>Henderson Alvarez</b> will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports (Twitter links). It’s not yet clear what …

Major League Baseball

MLB suspends Padres GM A.J. Preller for his conduct in trade

Major League Baseball delivered one of the harshest penalties against a general manager in history. USA TODAY Sports<p>Major League Baseball, delivering one of its harshest penalties against a club general manager in baseball history, suspended San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller 30 days …

San Diego Padres

Nick Cafardo: Ben Cherington’s ‘mistakes’ not so bad anymore

Those deals the former Sox GM gave to Rick Porcello and Hanley Ramirez look a lot different this year.

Dad Reduced to Blubbering Mess After Son Makes MLB Debut for Pirates | VICE Sports

Athletes are not robots. They are not machines. They have emotions and they have families and loved ones who have seen and known their sweat and labor. And sometimes when it all comes together, and they reach a pinnacle to their careers, we see this. We see the walls come down and the humanity show.<p>…

Pittsburgh Pirates

Yankees could deal for Jose Fernandez this offseason — here's how

So Brian Cashman has assembled a collection of position players that seems to compare with the Cubs of a couple of years ago.

New York Yankees

The education of Yoan Moncada

Freedom is a 1.8-ounce piece of sponge cake with a cream filling. It is too many sprays of cologne. It is a washer and dryer. It is everything the …

Education

Adrian Beltre Lovingly Messes With Switch Pitcher Pat Venditte

Screencap via MLBAmbidextrous relief pitcher Pat Venditte has been in Major League Baseball for about a year. He’s bounced back and forth between the …

Major League Baseball

Why the Blue Jays demoted a Cy Young candidate to Single-A

There are just six weeks to go in the Major League Baseball season, and while four divisions seem to be in hand the AL East and NL West are wildly up …

Billy Butler Reportedly Injured in Brawl with A's Teammate [UPDATE] | VICE Sports

The Oakland Athletics don't play well together and, it has been alleged, at least two of them don't play nice, either.<p>Slugger Billy Butler missed the past two games for the A's after being hurt by teammate Danny Valencia in a fight, reports Susan Slusser of the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>. Nobody on the …

Oakland Athletics

Report: Alex Rodriguez says he is ‘done’ as a player

Alex Rodriguez has said he is “done” as a player, although he still could change his mind, reports John Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.<p>Rodriguez’s …

Alex Rodriguez

Not dead yet: Pirates surge after deadline dump, set for wild card run

SAN FRANCISCO – That wasn’t the Jolly Roger they were raising in Pittsburgh around the trade deadline, when the Pirates were dealing away All-Star closer Mark Melancon and Opening Day starter Francisco Liriano in a three-day span.<p>To many in the Steel City, where three consecutive playoff …

Sports (Canada)

Buffalo Bills' home has a new name: New Era Field

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills' home stadium will be called New Era Field in a naming rights agreement the team reached with the Buffalo-based sports headwear and apparel company.<p>The Bills and New Era Cap Co. jointly announced the name to The Associated Press on Thursday morning. A …

Power play: Mookie Betts’s two homers lift Red Sox over Orioles

The outfielder drove in all five runs to beat the Orioles after Eduardo Rodriguez had to leave with an injury.

Eovaldi needs two surgeries; likely out until 2018

Right-hander to undergo flexor tendon, Tommy John procedures<p>NEW YORK -- Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi will need to undergo Tommy John surgery for …

Coco Crisp Is Pissed At The A’s Because They’ve Been Benching Him To Prevent His 2017 Option From Vesting

The Oakland A’s are up to their old tricks again, as Coco Crisp is due for a little bit of a bump in salary next season, but not if the A’s can help …

Mookie Betts Needs Some New Comparisons

On Sunday, and for the second time this season, Mookie Betts launched three home runs in a game. He now has 26 home runs on the season; for …

The evolution of Justin Turner: How a bench player in New York became a Dodgers star

The ritual begins when Justin Turner unsheathes his 31.5-ounce Rawlings bat from the rack and strides through the dugout.<p>When he was still a teenager, he learned the importance of a routine, and so he stands on the steps, near Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, repeating a set of actions ingrained in …

Los Angeles Dodgers

In minor leagues, Indians' Francisco Mejia makes name with long hit streak

Francisco Mejia has yet to play a major league game, but his name is fast becoming familiar to baseball fans. The 20-year-old Indians catcher was the …

Baseball