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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Emotional Marlins pay tribute to Jose Fernandez in win over Mets 09.27.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Astros, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Canada vs. Europe, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions League, Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Monaco, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions League, Real Madrid at Borussia Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Tottenham at CSKA Moscow, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Marlins held a pregame ceremony Monday night to honor Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old pitcher who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The players all wore jerseys with the number 16 and “Fernandez” written on the back as they played the Mets on a night when Fernandez had been schedule to pitch.

Things really got emotional when Marlins leadoff batter Dee Gordon took his first pitch batting from the right side while wearing Fernandez’s helmet, as a tribute to his late friend. He then switched helmets and switched to the left batter’s box — and proceeded to hit his first home run of the season. Gordon started crying as he rounded the bases. He tapped his chest and looked skyward after crossing home plate, and he was greeted in the dugout by his equally emotional teammates.

Gordon, who called it the most difficult game he’s every played, said he didn’t even remember circling the bases.

“It seemed like it took forever,” he said. “I was trying to get back to my teammates as fast as possible. I was just wondering why Jose wasn’t there standing on the top step cheering for me.”

Teammate Giancarlo Stanton said he had trouble seeing the ball during his plate appearances.

“We were hitting balls underwater pretty much,” Stanton said after Miami’s 7-3 victory. “Our eyes were full of water.”

Stanton gave a speech to his teammates just before the start of the game, but he said he can’t remember the content.

“Honestly I went kind of numb in that moment,” Stanton said. “I don’t know if I was stuttering. I don’t even know if I was saying the right stuff. A lot of us were talking about ‘Why are we here right now? What’s the main purpose of this? How do we get through this together?’ I was trying to ease all that, telling them we’re all here for Jose. We’re the last hope and the last heart for him, and we need to come together, as hard as it’s going to be.”

Mets players joined the Marlins for hugs after the national anthem, which was preceded by a slow version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” played by trumpet.

“Hearts are heavy,” Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. “From a professional standpoint, you just try to prepare and play the game and respect the game. But I can’t even imagine what it’s like over in that other clubhouse.”

— Former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy remains a free agent, and Monday’s arrest for possession of cocaine won’t help his bid to return to the NFL.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Marlins ‘shocked’ after NL batting champ Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs 04.29.16 at 8:22 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Pacers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews, NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Hornets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Reigning National League batting champion Dee Gordon became the latest player punished by MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, as he was suspended 80 games Thursday.

The news came after Gordon helped the Marlins complete an impressive four-game sweep of the Dodgers, Gordon’s former team.

“I’m shocked and surprised,” manager Don Mattingly said after the locker room doors were kept closed for about 30 minutes. “Obviously, it’s two different ends of the spectrum for us. You would expect all these guys to be in here all excited — and then we get this news. So it’s not quite the same feeling.”

Mattingly was manager of the Dodgers for Gordon’s first three major league seasons. Gordon, the son of former Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, was traded to Miami before the 2014 season, and Mattlingly rejoined him a year later.

“These guys love Dee, and we’re going to support him,” Mattingly said. “I feel like Dee’s one of my kids, to be honest with you, because I’ve known him so long. So we’re going to love him, and then we’re going to support him. He’s been a big part of the success that we’ve had.”

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, however, was not as supportive. He was upset that Gordon was allowed to play while appealing his ban. Gordon reportedly dropped the appeal Thursday.

Tweeted Verlander: This PED [expletive] is killing me. If u test positive u need to not play. You should be allowed to effect games while appealing.

— Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil had quite the night Thursday.

The Ole Miss product, widely considered one of the draft’s top players, slid to 13th after a video was posted on his Twitter account that appeared to show him smoking drugs from a gas mask attached to a bong.

Then, while meeting the media after being selected by the Dolphins, Tunsil admitted accepting money from Ole Miss coaches in apparent violation of NCAA rules.

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