Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez. On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident. Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz.
Days left in the season: 5 Tuesday’s big mover: St. Louis. The Cardinals hit five homers in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, none more meaningful than Aledmys Diaz’s fourth-inning grand slam in his first game back after the death of his childhood friend Jose Fernandez. Tuesday’s big loser: Seattle. The Mariners failed to take advantage of the Orioles’ loss and of having Felix Hernandez on the mound. Hernandez gave up eight runs – four earned – in an 8-4 loss to the Houston Astros, who stayed in the hunt while keeping Seattle two games behind Baltimore. Oh oh, it’s magic: With their magic number down to one, the Red Sox get two more chances to clinch the AL East on Yankees soil. Today’s
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game MLB hasn't seen a hitter as hot as Joey Votto for this amount of time since the last time Joey Votto went bonkers - which was just last year. The Cincinnati Reds 1B had another massive night on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he doubled, singled, dingered, and drove in a pair, keeping his 2nd half average well over the .400 mark and making things look easy once again. It came in a game in which the Reds got stomped, but that's far from Votto's fault. The hitting maestro was again magnificent, and for that he takes home this trophy. Honorable Mentions are due to: Scott Schebler, who crushed a 2-run dinger as part of a 2 for 5 evening;