• Tim Tebow hits a solo home run in his first at bat during the first inning of  his first instructional league baseball game for the New York Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals instructional club Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

    Tebow homers in 1st at-bat for Mets in instructional debut

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow homered on the first pitch he saw Wednesday in his instructional league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals club.

  • Colorado Rockies including Darin Everson, left, observe a moment of silence for Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in San Francisco. Fernandez was killed in a boating accident on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Memorial service set for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

    MIAMI (AP) — Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team’s ballpark Wednesday, as the farewell for their beloved teammate marched on.

  • In this June 24, 2016, file photo, former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose holds his place marker during a ceremony to honor the 1976 World Series champion team, before the Reds' baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cincinnati.  Rose has appealed directly to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in an effort to restore his eligibility to be elected. In a seven-page letter to the Hall's president on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Rose's longtime attorney Raymond Genco makes the case that the career hits leader's ban from baseball for gambling in 1989 was not intended to make him ineligible for the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    Banned Rose appeals to Hall of Fame for eligibility

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pete Rose is appealing directly to baseball’s Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.

  • This Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 photo, showsTal's Hill in centerfield, at Minute Maid Park, in Houston.  When this season ends, the Astros will raze the hill, bring the fence in to 409 feet and build out new amenities. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

    Famed Tal’s Hill to be removed from Minute Maid Park

    HOUSTON (AP) — When former Astros owner Drayton McLane prepared to spend $265 million of ownership and taxpayer money to build the field of his dreams, he could not expect it to last forever, but he wanted it to be unforgettable.

  • This Date In Baseball

    1918 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0. The only hit he gave up in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler.