Pitching ace Jose Fernandez, 2 others, killed in boating accident

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Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins' ace pitcher and one of the brightest young stars in baseball, was found dead early Sunday morning after a boating accident, the team and Coast Guard officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that three people, including Fernandez, were killed in the crash, off Government Cut.

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Marlins ace Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident Sunday; game Sunday vs. Braves canceled

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MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins' ace pitcher and one of the brightest young stars in baseball, was found dead early Sunday morning after a boating accident, the team and Coast Guard officials have confirmed.

He was 24.

Sunday's Marlins home game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled.

"The Miami Marlins organization is ...Read more

MLB players, announcers react to the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

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Some reaction around baseball -- from ESPN analysts and Twitter accounts of players and others -- on the Sunday morning death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez from a boating accident:

--Former Marlins pitcher Dan Haren: "Jose Fernandez is one of the most genuine guys I've ever played with. He loved life, he loved baseball ... he will be missed...Read more

Giants top Padres in 10 innings after blowing six-run lead

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SAN DIEGO -- Even in this analytics-driven era of defensive shifts and unorthodox alignments, it's hard to imagine that a third baseman ever caught a ball quite where the San Francisco Giants' Eduardo Nunez did Saturday night.

Padres rookie Carlos Asuaje popped up a pitch. Catcher Buster Posey looked skyward with his hands raised in confusion. ...Read more

Reds, Straily, top Brewers, 6-1

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MILWAUKEE--The Cincinnati Reds have experienced well-documented pitching issues this season but Dan Straily is not one of the guilty parties.

Just ask the Milwaukee Brewers.

Straily (14-8) continued his domination of the Brewers this season with another strong outing Saturday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory at Miller Park. ...Read more

Indians' magic number drops to 2 despite loss to White Sox

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians fell to the Chicago White Sox 8-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field but still drew closer to clinching the American League Central.

Prior to the Indians' loss, the Detroit Tigers imploded in the ninth inning, allowing a five-run inning and losing to the Kansas City Royals 7-4. That loss drops the Indians' magic number...Read more

Phils hold off Mets, 10-8

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NEW YORK -- A routine fly ball hovered at Citi Field on Saturday night, and if there was ever a night for it to drop it was this one. Roman Quinn darted in from left field. Freddy Galvis backpedaled from the infield, called for the ball, and waved off Quinn.

The outfielder ignored Galvis' directions, reached for the ball and dared it to drop to...Read more

Gordon leads Marlins over Braves

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MIAMI--The Miami Marlins survived quite nicely without Dee Gordon.

They went 45-35 during the time the National League's reigning batting and stolen base champion was serving his 80-game drug suspension.

But they far prefer it when Gordon's in the lineup creating havoc, piling up singles and steals, scoring runs, providing Gold Glove defense, ...Read more

Pirates defense commits 3 errors in 6-1 loss to Nationals

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PITTSBURGH -- During the Washington Nationals' 6-1 win over the Pirates Saturday night, plastic sheets were pinned over lockers in the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park, and champagne chilled. The scoreboard in right field told of a barnburner at Citi Field -- the New York Mets were whittling away at a 10-run deficit -- that could crown Washington ...Read more

Reyes pitches Cards to 10-4 win over Cubs

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CHICAGO -- With each assignment, the next one more challenging than the last, rookie Alex Reyes has been measured all season by the St. Louis Cardinals for moments like Saturday.

The early relief assignments, the late-inning spots, the bases-loaded jam against an MVP candidate, and even last weekend's start against wild-card challenger San ...Read more

Orioles reclaim second wild card with 6-1 win over Diamondbacks

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BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Wade Miley had lost five of his six decisions as an Oriole when he took the mound Saturday night, and his 7.55 ERA since being acquired from the Seattle Mariners certainly would not have led anyone to expect what would happen next.

Throw in the fact that he had to leave his previous start after four innings with upper ...Read more

Mariners miss opportunities in 3-2 loss to Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Down a run going into their final at-bat, the Mariners had their three best hitters coming to the plate and even got a gift from the Twins.

In the end, they wandered off the field having failed to find a way to pull out a win in a 3-2 loss to the lowly Twins.

It was a bad loss for the Mariners against the worst team in baseball....Read more

Considered the greatest broadcaster ever, Scully would rather be known as a 'good man'

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LOS ANGELES--The young man bid his mother farewell. It was his first day on the job, and he had a train to catch.

He was 10 months out of college, still living with his parents. The train carried him from New York to Philadelphia, and a taxi delivered him to Shibe Park.

It was opening day, the third Tuesday of April, in 1950. In Washington, ...Read more

Koufax, Gibson aside, Vin says his call of Brooklyn Dodgers' championship is most memorable

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LOS ANGELES--It's a round number, and it's astounding: Vin Scully has called close to 10,000 Dodgers games. To ask Scully to identify his favorite call -- one call, from one of those thousands of games -- would appear to be a question best suited for one of his famously diplomatic answers. How, after all, could he pick only one?

But he did.

"I...Read more

With Scully leaving airwaves, Angelenos are losing the soundtrack of their lives

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LOS ANGELES--The plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle stops at your car, the long trip is over, but everything feels a little strange until you turn on the radio and hear the voice that wraps you in a welcome.

"Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be."

Now that Vin Scully is leaving, ...Read more

Royals snap Tigers' win streak at 5

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers were a strike away from extending their winning streak to six games.

But closer Francisco Rodriguez surrendered five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Tigers went on to lose, 7-4, to the Kansas City Royals Saturday at Comerica Park.

Paulo Orlando hit a game-tying two-run double to center off ...Read more

Royals roar back to beat Tigers 7-4

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DETROIT -- Eric Hosmer silenced Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon, drilling a three-run homer off Tigers reliever Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth inning.

The blast carried out to right-center and sent a stadium streaming to the exits as the afternoon hit downtown Detroit. The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak and remained ...Read more

Kazmir hurt, but Dodgers near clincher

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LOS ANGELES--At 7:10 p.m. Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir hiked up his right leg, uncorked his body, and delivered a pitch to Yasmani Grandal. And then he turned around and waited, and eventually repeated the exercise. His warmup sessions, already extended earlier this season because of chronic first-...Read more

Edwin Jackson pitches Padres over Giants, 7-2

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SAN DIEGO – Bruce Bochy almost never takes a seat in the dugout. He is forever perched forward against the rail, gaze ahead, asking one cranky knee and then the other to bear his burden.

When the San Francisco Giants reach the postseason, he is Midas with an armored truck to carry it all away. In the odd years, and in this oddest of second ...Read more

Vin Scully enjoys his thanksgiving in September as Dodgers pay tribute

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers rolled out the blue carpet for Vin Scully, literally. They rolled out the dignitaries too, and the videos, and even a symphony orchestra.

At its heart, however, the Vin Scully tribute Friday was the world's biggest thank-you card, come to life. The greatest broadcaster in baseball history came to say thank ...Read more