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Miami Marlins morning news: Team honors Jose, beats Mets 7-3

Touching tributes remembering Miami’s ace took place before and throughout the contest as the Marlins beat the Mets in game one of the series.

New York Mets v Miami Marlins Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Marlins News

In a highly emotional affair, the Marlins returned to the field last night and rode Dee Gordon’s lead-off home run to victory over the Mets.

Regardless of the final score, last night was dedicated to the memory of Jose Fernandez. Before the game, various ceremonies took place to remember Miami’s young ace, a highlight of which was Mets and Marlins players embracing on the field.

Dee Gordon wore Fernandez’s helmet for the first pitch of the game, and then went deep moments later. Understandably, he was emotional as he returned to the dugout.

Every Marlins player and coach wore Jose Fernandez jerseys during the game last night, and the team will wear a tribute patch for the rest of the season. Jeffrey Loria hinted that the number sixteen may be retired by the club.

A collection of tributes to Jose Fernandez can be found here.

The Marlins went 7-11 against the lowly Braves this season. How bad is that compared to other losing seasons against division rivals in team history?

Around the League

The Indians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2007 last night with a 7-4 win over the Tigers.

Cleveland will get even stronger with the impending return of Danny Salazar, who threw a successful bullpen session on Monday.

After racking up 99 last year, Kris Bryant topped 100 RBIs last night with a two-run home run against the Pirates. The Cubs won 12-2.

Benches cleared twice is yesterday’s Blue Jays-Yankees game as four members of the New York dugout were ejected.

Vin Scully’s last game announcing at Dodger Stadium went into overtime as LA walked-off on Colorado in the bottom of the 10th.

The Red Sox are enjoying a great season, and there’s more than one reason to believe that they will win the World Series.