Rays catcher Luke Maile had three chances to tag Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out at plate in the 10th inning, but he avoided the tag twice — despite being beaten by more than 15 feet on a relay throw from the outfield. On the third try, Maile tagged Pedroia, but the ball came loose. And David Ortiz’s last hit at Tropicana Field will go down as a game-winning double as Boston beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon.
We did not all know Jose Fernandez personally, but we still felt as if we did. Losing someone like this is like a death in the family.
Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria released the following statement on Sunday, following the tragic death of Jose Fernandez. “It is with the deepest sorrow that I, together with my family and the entire Marlins organization, mourn the tragic loss of Jose. Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest. Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued a statement about the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a two-time All-Star and one of the young faces of Major League Baseball, was killed early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach.
For the final time in his 67-year career, Vin Scully will be behind the mic at Dodger Stadium. The legendary broadcaster, who is retiring after this season, will call his last Dodgers home game today as the club looks to clinch the National League West.
Great Britain defeated Brazil, 4-3, in a semifinal of the World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday night, earning a berth in Sunday’s final against Israel.
The Orioles came out swinging to back Wade Miley’s gem in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday, vaulting Baltimore into the American League’s second Wild Card. Trey Mancini hit his third career homer and Mark Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 45th home run for the Orioles, who lead the Tigers by one-half game for the second Wild Card.
The Orioles and agent Scott Boras discussed impending free agents Matt Wieters and Pedro Alvarez in a meeting last week, but no progress was made toward extensions for either, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. As a result, Wieters and Alvarez look likely to depart Baltimore at season’s end. Wieters, the Orioles’ top catcher since 2009, accepted a qualifying offer from the club for $15.7MM a year ago, but they probably won’t tender him for $16.7MM during the upcoming offseason. The 30-year-old is in the midst of one of his worst offensive seasons, having batted .241/.300/.401 in 438 plate appearances. Alvarez, a former Pirate, took a $5.75MM deal with the O’s last March and has since slashed .248/.319/.506 with 22 homers in 367 PAs.
Given the dearth of quality starting pitchers set to hit free agency during the offseason, it might make sense for the Pirates to use their money on bullpen upgrades if they’re unable to re-sign Ivan Nova, writes Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates and Nova have engaged in extension talks, but the 29-year-old’s late-season breakout could price him out of the team’s range. If so, Sawchik suggests a reunion with soon-to-be free agent closer Mark Melancon, whom the Bucs traded to the Nationals at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. As a 31-year-old who lacks eye-popping strikeout numbers, Melancon is likely to garner the cheapest contract among fellow impending free agent bullpen aces Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon made his return to Pittsburgh on Friday as a visitor and received an ovation from its fans, though he suffered his first blown save as a National in a 6-5 loss