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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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


— 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: Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide; Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton takes pitch to face 09.12.14 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)


— On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.

Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.

Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.

MASHUP POLL: What sentence will Oscar Pistorius receive for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend?

  • 10 or more years (44%, 84 Votes)
  • 4-9 years (24%, 46 Votes)
  • 1-3 years (18%, 34 Votes)
  • Suspended sentence (no jail time) (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Less than a year (7%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

— Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.

Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”

— Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.

Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.

Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.

Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’€™t say that we have limitless money, but we’€™ve got a lot of money to spend and we’€™re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” — Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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Marlins tweet their support for fired manager Ozzie Guillen 10.24.12 at 2:50 pm ET
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A few Marlins are taking to Twitter to voice their disapproval of Tuesday’s dismissal of manager Ozzie Guillen.

Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was perhaps most upset, firing off this tweet:

U gotta be [expletive] [expletive] me

Nolasco removed the explicit tweet shortly after posting it. Nolasco, in photos posted on Twitter, appears to have spent the weekend in Spain with Guillen, Guillen’s wife, and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano tweeted his best wishes to Guillen.

Very glad I had the opportunity to play for @OzzieGuillen, he was the ultimate players manager and I wish him the best

Ruggiano expressed his sympathy for Guillen after the Marlins underperformed and had 93 losses on the season.

‘€œI think we just underachieved for him,’€ Ruggiano said in an interview. ‘€œYou hate to see someone get the boot for a team that underachieved because he’€™s not the one out there.

Guillen also took to Twitter to thank his players, fans, and family.

In life there are worst things and I have experinced them I have lived through bad moments and I will get through this with support

No replacement has been named by the Marlins.

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