EW YORK -- Rare is it for a team battling for a playoff berth to feel it gained momentum from a late-season loss. But most teams don't lose like the New York Mets did Saturday night. The Mets look to retain at least a share of the lead in the National League wild-card race Sunday afternoon when they host the Philadelphia Phillies in the regular-season home finale at Citi Field. The Mets (82-73) and San Francisco Giants enter Sunday tied for the top NL wild card. They are a half-game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals (81-73). New York won the first two contests of the four-game series against the Phillies on Thursday and Friday before falling 10-8 on Saturday. But the Mets felt pretty good about
CHICAGO • The Chicago Cubs were already the National League Central champions and about to clinch home-field advantage throughout the league’s playoffs when the team’s brain trust walked to home plate Friday afternoon with two talents in tow. Before a sold-out Wrigley Field crowd, they introduced their minor-league player and pitcher of the year, ages 19 and 21, respectively. The Cubs have had impact hitter after impact hitter graduate to the majors in the past two seasons and yet there stood 6-foot-4 outfielder Eloy Jimenez. The 19-year-old and Futures Game star with the .901 OPS at Class A is one of the Cubs’ three players in the top 50 prospects in baseball. Sure, they’ve already won the race.
MIAMI • Jose Fernandez, the ace righthander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24. Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a crash off Miami Beach. Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later. In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time." "Hands down one of my favorite guys