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.
Louisville can take a big -- no, make that huge -- step in assuming control of the ACC Atlantic Division race when it plays Clemson Saturday in one of the marquee matchups of the season. The two undefeated teams will kick off at 8 p.m. ET (ABC) at Memorial Stadium in Clemson. If the third-ranked Cardinals win, they would own victories over both of the other two teams rated as division contenders, having routed Florida State 63-20 in their meeting earlier this season.
The Cubs are downplaying the discomfort Jorge Soler has been feeling on his right side, saying the injury-prone outfielder should be cleared by this weekend and for what they hope will be a long run into October. Soler stayed back in Chicago for another MRI and didn’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh, where the Cubs are trying to find the right balance between keeping players rested and sharp with a division title and the National League’s No. 1 seed already clinched. “Nothing horrible,” manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday at PNC Park.