Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.
Washington clinched its third National League East title in five years by winning 6-1 at Pittsburgh on Saturday, led by rookie relief pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, who threw 5-1/3 scoreless innings.
In this Sept. 9 file photo, Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Miami.
Texas became the first team to clinch an American League playoff spot by winning 3-0 at Oakland on Friday, with Adrian Beltre hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Rangers secured their second straight AL West title.
Boston pitcher David Price took his eighth straight decision as the Red Sox won 5-3 at Baltimore on Thursday, closing in on both the American League East title and the overall best record in the league.
Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning that set the Dodgers up for a 9-3 win against San Francisco on Wednesday, widening the gap between the National League West division's top teams to six games with only ten to play in the regular season.
Boston's David Ortiz broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Red Sox to a 5-2 win at Baltimore on Tuesday to move a step closer to sealing the American League East division.
Rick Porcello pitched a four-hitter for his major league-high 21st victory and David Ortiz and Mookie Betts hit two-run homers as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Monday night to extend their lead in the AL East.
Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third MLB start and fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals moved up in the tight National League wild-card race, blanking the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.
Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single and Mike Fiers pitched six scoreless innings to lead Houston 2-1 over Seattle.