Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win

Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park.

Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

Infielder takes first pitch from right side, then goes deep as lefty swinger

After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

MIAMI -- An emotional and teary-eyed Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose Fernandez in dramatic fashion on Monday night at Marlins Park. The two-time All-Star second baseman, after taking one pitch batting from the right side in the first inning, switched back to his natural lefty spot, and two pitches later belted his first home run of the season, a second-deck drive off Mets righty Bartolo Colon.

It was a poetic moment on a night when the Marlins struggled to find the right words to explain the loss of a teammate. The homer also provided a much-needed lift that helped carry Miami to a 7-3 win.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

Marlins moved to tears as rival embraces unity in light of tragic loss

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

MIAMI -- The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

After a touching pregame ceremony, the entire Mets team approached the Marlins and the two rivals embraced on a day Miami, South Florida and the baseball community paid tribute to Jose Fernandez.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Smallest guy on field homers after tribute to fallen teammate

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Dee Gordon was holding the bat. We know that.

But the forces that swung it through the strike zone?

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

Team will wear patch to pay tribute to Fernandez for rest of season

Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

MIAMI -- No. 16 was everywhere during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets. Each Miami player had it on the back of his black uniform top.

Nothing has been officially announced, but it just might be the last time we see a Marlins player wear No. 16.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon follows tribute with remarkable HR

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Gordon follows tribute with remarkable HR

There was not a dry eye in the stadium as the Marlins and Mets took the field to play each other on Monday. Just a day after Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident, and after the Marlins had postponed their game against the Braves, the team was back to play a game. 

During a beautiful pregame tribute, the Marlins took the field in Fernandez's No. 16 jersey: 

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Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

MIAMI -- In his absence, all of Jose Fernandez's teammates had his back during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets at Marlins Park, literally. Each player on the Marlins, and all of the coaches, wore No. 16 Fernandez jerseys in honor of the passing of the 24-year-old Miami ace.

During a touching pregame ceremony, a lone trumpeter played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," as a video tribute was displayed on the scoreboard. And during the national anthem, all of Miami's starting position players gathered around the pitcher's mound, while the rest of the players on both teams stood at the lines.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wound still raw, Marlins try to remain focused

Wound still raw, Marlins try to remain focused

The grieving process will continue for days, for weeks, for months, for years. The memorial for Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park will not vanish overnight. Nor will the pain. Memories of the Marlins' pitcher will linger forever. His legacy will endure.

But as Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated to his team prior to Monday's 7-3 loss in Miami, the best way to honor Fernandez is to play the sport the way he played it. So the Mets and Marlins will continue their series on Tuesday night, regardless of how raw their wounds may still be.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a beloved young superstar in Major League Baseball, died early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach.

The tragedy rocked the organization, the South Florida community and the baseball world. With his passion for playing, emotion and energy, Fernandez became a figure who transcended sports in his four-year big league career.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Everything about Jose Fernandez radiated hope. Those brown eyes that had seen so much yet shined so bright. The electric arm that racked up strikeouts at a record rate. The contagious smile. The enthusiastic way he rooted for his teammates. The passion he had for his family, for his sport, for his adopted country. And most recently, the excitement he shared with all of us on Instagram, where he announced he would soon become a father.

That hope left us early Sunday morning. Fernandez, just 24 years old and just a few days removed from a typically dominant start, was one of three men who died when a 32-foot boat overturned on a jetty off Miami Beach. And it is a gut-wrenching loss for Fernandez's family, for his girlfriend and unborn child, for the Marlins and for the entire sporting world.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans pay tribute to Fernandez at Marlins Park

Fans pay tribute to Fernandez at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- Fans, many wearing No. 16 jerseys, gathered on the West Plaza at Marlins Park on Sunday, paying tribute to the memory of Jose Fernandez, who died in a boat crash early in the morning.

A corner of the plaza quickly grew into a memorial, as fans placed flowers, pictures and balloons in the 24-year-old's honor.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

MLB.com editorial producer Christina De Nicola contributed to this report.

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United Marlins mourn loss of Fernandez

Stanton: 'I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare'

United Marlins mourn loss of Fernandez

MIAMI -- As one, the Marlins players and coaches stood together on Sunday mourning the death of Jose Fernandez.

Martin Prado, the team's unofficial captain, spoke for his teammates, and through tears, tried to put into words the tragic loss of Fernandez, killed early in the morning in a boating accident off Miami Beach. Mike Dunn held Fernandez's No. 16 jersey.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball community mourns the death of Jose Fernandez

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Baseball community mourns the death of Jose Fernandez

Early Sunday morning, reports surfaced that Marlins ace José Fernández had passed way in a boating accident in Miami. The Marlins have confirmed the tragic news in a statement.

After learning of the news, the baseball community offered an outpouring of condolences.

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Taken far too young, Fernandez not alone

MLB has suffered the loss of several active players over the years

Taken far too young, Fernandez not alone

Tragedy struck the baseball world early Sunday morning, when 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, along with two other people, died in a boating accident in Miami Beach. The Marlins organization and the rest of the Major League Baseball community were left to grieve the loss of a player with All-Star personality and talent. 

"As you can see around you, there is no words to describe how this organization feels," Marlins president David Samson said at a Sunday afternoon press conference, surrounded by Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill, manager Don Mattingly and players. "Jose was someone who we've known since he was a drafted young man, and I think when you talk about a tragedy like this, there are no words that come to mind, there's no playbook, there's no words of consolation."

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fernandez fondly recalled by fellow Cubans

Impact of All-Star's passing felt across MLB, Miami and Cuba

Fernandez fondly recalled by fellow Cubans

The barrage of text messages woke up Padres outfielder Jon Jay at his California home long before the sun rose. Across the country in Florida, the cellphone of former Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez was fielding non-stop calls.

At first, Hernandez thought it must have been a cruel joke. Then, he turned on the television. On the other coast, Jay was stunned and confused, even after he began to soak in the news he read from the screen of his smartphone.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Jennings remembers Jose as 'a throwback'

Justice: Jennings remembers Jose as 'a throwback'

Jose Fernandez had talent that dazzled almost everyone. To some of the people who knew him best, though, it was the laughter and energy and happiness they'll remember forever.

"He just had an exuberance about him," former Marlins manager and general manager Dan Jennings said. "There was a certain energy, a little brashness, a little cockiness. But in a fun way."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins statement on Jose Fernandez

The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.

Today's game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

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Loria statement on passing of Fernandez

Loria statement on passing of Fernandez

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."

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Fernandez tragedy overshadows playoff picture

Fernandez tragedy overshadows playoff picture

The final week of the Marlins' 2016 season quickly and tragically shifted early Sunday morning following the death of ace Jose Fernandez.

The talk of one final push for the second Wild Card spot is over. Instead, the Marlins' clubhouse, organization and community is now dealing with the numbing sadness of losing one of the game's brightest pitchers too son.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dietrich homers as Marlins keep up WC chase

Dietrich homers as Marlins keep up WC chase

MIAMI -- There's still a heartbeat, albeit a faint one. The Marlins are still alive and kicking in the National League Wild Card race after snapping the Braves' seven-game win streak with a 6-4 victory on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With seven games remaining, the Marlins remained five back of the Giants for the final Wild Card spot.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Saturday.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Gordon shows flashes of old self in win

Gordon shows flashes of old self in win

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon flashed a glimpse of the player the Marlins had come to lean on in 2015. Last year's National League batting and stolen base champion reached base four times, stole three bases and scored twice as the Marlins took a rare 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

It marked just the second time in eight home games this season that the Marlins were able to come away with a victory over the NL East cellar-dweller, and it kept a faint hope alive for a Wild Card spot.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins fall late to Braves as WC chances dim

Marlins fall late to Braves as WC chances dim

MIAMI -- All season, the Braves have presented problems to Miami. On Friday night, Adonis Garcia's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta to a 3-2 comeback win and pushed the Marlins closer to National League Wild Card elimination.

Former Marlins infielder Emilio Bonifacio slapped a pinch-hit, one-out single in the ninth off A.J. Ramos, stole second with two outs and advanced to third on catcher J.T. Realmuto's throwing error. With the count at 2-2, Garcia lined a single to left, giving Atlanta the lead, while handing Miami its third straight loss.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Marlins honor prospects Castillo, Anderson

Marlins honor prospects Castillo, Anderson

MIAMI -- The Marlins on Friday honored two of their top prospects, as right-hander Luis Castillo and third baseman Brian Anderson were selected as the organization's Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively.

Anderson, according to MLBPipeline.com, is Miami's No. 4-rated prospect, and Castillo ranks fifth. The two are trending towards being big league ready, perhaps as early as next year.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Same story as Marlins near brink of elimination

Same story as Marlins near brink of elimination

MIAMI -- If Marlins manager Don Mattingly feels like he has been repeating himself, it's because he has. On Friday, it was a new day, but in many ways, the same story.

With their postseason hopes diminishing, the Marlins struck quickly for two runs in the first inning, but the opportunities dried up as the Braves rallied to a 3-2 win at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Uncertainty regarding future roles for Nicolino, Urena

Uncertainty regarding future roles for Nicolino, Urena

MIAMI -- It's a small sample size, but the way Justin Nicolino has pitched out of the bullpen this month has the Marlins wondering if the left-hander is best suited to remain a starter or transition into a reliever.

Jose Urena, a right-hander, is in a similar situation. Both have been groomed as starters, and they may remain in that capacity entering 2017, but how best to use each of them will be a topic of offseason discussion.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Realmuto provides power, stresses urgency

Catcher hits career-high 11th homer of season

Realmuto provides power, stresses urgency

MIAMI -- There was little doubt the ball would leave the park on Thursday. The question was: Where would it land? J.T. Realmuto put a charge into a Josh Collmenter's cut fastball in the seventh inning, and he set a career high for home runs in a season.

The solo shot also gave the Marlins a bit of hope of a comeback on a night Matt Kemp blasted two homers and the Braves prevailed, 6-3, at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miami falls to Braves, unable to boost WC bid

Miami falls to Braves, unable to boost WC bid

MIAMI -- The Braves continue to play for more than pride. The way they've heated up, they're spoiling the postseason plans for a couple of National League East rivals. Matt Kemp belted two home runs and Josh Collmenter gave up two runs in seven innings on Thursday night in Atlanta's 6-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

After a three-game sweep of the Mets, who are in the thick of a three-team Wild Card race, the Braves dealt a serious blow to the Marlins' last-gasp bid to sneak into the mix. Miami (76-77) is now five games back for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Heat's Justise Winslow catches, throws back homer

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Heat's Justise Winslow catches, throws back homer

The Miami Heat will open training camp within the week, so naturally some players are already back in Miami in the days leading up to the unofficial start of the 2016-2017 season.

One such player is small forward Justise Winslow, who was a guest of the Marlins for Thursday night's 6-3 loss to the Braves at Marlins Park. Clad in a slick Marlins jersey, Winslow tossed a ceremonial first pitch before assuming his seat just beyond the left-field fence.

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Yelich bet might make radio host literally eat crow

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Yelich bet might make radio host literally eat crow

We've all heard the phrase "eat crow" before. It's a metaphorical consequence of being wrong about something - like, for example, when Miami-area radio host Brendan Tobin said he'd "eat crow" if Christian Yelich hit 20 home runs this season. 

OK, that's not quite correct. He added an important word to the phrase, and said he'd literally eat crow if Yelich was able to finish the year with 20 dingers. So … guess what happened during the Nationals-Marlins game on Wednesday? 

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