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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/03/17

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final N-Y Yankees 8 Minnesota 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Final Minnesota 3 Atlanta 2

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Derek Jeter: 'Unpopular decisions' likely lie ahead for Marlins

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By Brittany Martinez

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Ginacarlo Stanton’s future with the Miami Marlins may be up in the air. Derek Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman spoke publicly for the first time about their group’s $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins.

Jeter praised Stanton for his “unbelievable season” after Stanton lead the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs but remained noncommittal when asked about Stanton’s future with the team.

“We do have to rebuild the organization,” Jeter said. “It starts with player development and scouting. We will build it from top down and bottom up.”

The status of manager Don Mattingly and team president Mike Hill also have yet to be determined.

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Former Miss Las Vegas thanks retired firefighter who saved her, her mother

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By Brittany Martinez

Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — A former Miss Las Vegas winner got the chance to thank the retired firefighter who saved her, her mother, her sister and two girlfriends when a gunman started shooting onto the crowd at a music festival they were attending on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night.

“My mother is alive because of you,” Paige Melanson, who was Miss Las Vegas 2016, said between sobs to retired Los Angeles firefighter, Don Matthews.

Melanson was with her mother, Rosemarie Trautman-Melanson, her younger sister Stephanie, and two friends for the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

“I don’t know if I was pushed to the floor or everybody just started falling over, but everybody got down and I was facing away from my mom,” Melanson told ABC News’ Juju Chang in an interview for “Nightline.” “So by the time I turned around to gather and see who was around me, I had realized my mom wasn’t just laying there like we were. She was still and her face was face down in the grass, and so we had known something was wrong.”

Her sister immediately started screaming, Melanson said. As they rolled their mother over onto her back, she said Matthews, a total stranger, rushed over to them and insisted they leave their mother, who had been shot in the abdomen, with him so they could run to safety.

“He told us that we have to go if we wanted to live, that we needed to go and save ourselves,” she said. “And the fact that he was a retired firefighter, he was trained to help people, and he promised us that if we left that he would stay with my mom.

“I looked into his eyes and he said, ‘You need to go,'” Melanson added.

Matthews later told her that he needed Melanson and her sister to leave so that their mother could focus on her breathing and not worry about their safety.

Paige Melanson said she then grabbed her sister and her sister’s boyfriend and ran, jumping over fences and barricades until they got to the nearby Tropicana Las Vegas hotel on the strip. Matthews said he and a few others helped get their mother to an ambulance and he went back to help others who had been shot.

“I was so torn between staying there with your wife, your mom, and trying to protect my girlfriend who was five feet away, and honestly … I wanted to get up and run so bad so many times,” Matthews told Melanson and her father. “I just couldn’t do it. I promised your daughters that I would be there with her.”

Paige Melanson said she didn’t even realize she had been shot in the elbow herself until after they got to the hotel, where she said another stranger wrapped her arm in a cloth napkin.

“I saw that I was covered in blood,” she said. So my first reaction was, ‘Where’s it coming from?’ And I looked over and I saw the flap over my skin and I kind of had just exploded. … There was blood all over my legs, dripping all the way down my arms that was everywhere, and I didn’t care because the second I saw my mom … I didn’t feel my arm at all.”

During the concert, a gunman identified by police as 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire and sent 22,000 terrified concertgoers running for their lives. The attack killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500. Paddock was found dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel when authorities entered his room.

When the gunfire started, Melanson said there was instant chaos.

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Meanwhile, their father, Stephen Melanson, was at home, getting texts from his daughter and Paige’s sister, Stephanie.

“[The music festival] was a Mother’s Day present from my other daughter Stephanie and says she’s having the time of her life,” Stephen Melanson said.

But then later, he started getting texts saying, “Mom is hit” and “Mom is down.”

“I was in a daze,” he said. “I wasn’t quite sure if I was comprehending it or not.”

Paige Melanson, her father and their family were in a panic trying to locate Rosemarie. When the finally found her 11 hours after the shooting, she was at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. She had survived. Melanson said her mother has undergone two surgeries so far and her prognosis looks good.

She will never forget the man who saved their lives.

“He put his own life at risk,” she said. “He didn’t have to this.”

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With little food, water or power, Puerto Rico residents say 'no one has come' to help

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By Brittany Martinez

RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, P.R.) — In a 13-story apartment building just 15 minutes from the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lizbeth Vasquez Delgado is caring for her parents and their neighbors the best way she knows how.

After Hurricane Maria came ashore as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane in September, Vasquez, who lives in New York City, is tending to their needs. And nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit, the residents of the building are still without power and running water.

Even though President Donald Trump tweeted days ago that all buildings have been inspected, Vasquez told ABC News’ David Muir that she had not yet seen inspectors at her parents’ fourth-floor apartment or in the building.

“They have not come to see what’s happened to these apartments,” she said. “No one has come.”

Vasquez said no food or water had been brought to the building. Inside the tiny apartment, the windows have been blown out by the hurricane. Down the hall, outside the apartment, the destruction can be seen outside from a window. An entire doorway has been blown over by the strong winds.

And Vasquez’s parents, Elmer and Gloria, are in need of medication.

On the same day Muir was there, a doctor visited their apartment. The family said it was the first time since the storm that a doctor had come by. The doctor brought Motrin.

“I had a piece of bread, half of bread, and I shared it with like four apartments. I made sure everybody had a little piece of bread for them to eat,” Vasquez said.

Down the hallway from Vasquez’s parents lives 70-year-old Maria Diaz, with whom Vasquez shares her bread and water.

Diaz told Muir that she was drinking the tap water even though she knew it was not safe. She said that bottled water cost $6. Through tears, she said she didn’t want to die in the apartment with little food and little to drink.

The residents in the building were unaware of the Federal Emergency Management Agency help because they have no power and no access to news. As of today, the island is still grappling with the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and deeply plunged in recovery efforts.

Only 47 percent of the island’s water customers have access to potable water, according to the office of Puerto Rico’s governor, and just 7 percent of the island has power back.

A generator is turned on a couple of hours per day in Vasquez’s apartment building. For now, Vasquez continues to share what little she has.

“It’s not just my parents,” she said. “I’m sharing it with everyone. … There’s a lot of people here that don’t have family, don’t have no one to take them a bottle of water, or anything to drink.”

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In post-Maria Puerto Rico, an infant copes with shelter life

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By Leighton Schneider

RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, P.R.) — Keyden is just 31 days old, but he’s already experienced tragic hardship.

Having been born just days before Hurricane Irma passed over his birth island of Puerto Rico and weeks before Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory as a Category 4 storm, Keyden is now living in a shelter.

Home is now a classroom at Escuela Felix Seijo Rivera in Utuado, an inland town on the island. Keyden’s grandmother told ABC News that they moved to the shelter after Hurricane Maria devastated their town. Keyden appears to have dermatitis, an uncomfortable skin condition that commonly afflicts babies– but he has not been treated yet.

The family has no word on the condition of their home, hough they don’t believe it’s still standing.

In the wake of its destruction, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Maria was “probably the single biggest hurricane catastrophe in the history of the U.S.”

The people of the mountainous town of Utuado, located about two hours southwest from San Juan, are making do with what they have and what they get. There is a tension among those in shelters that not enough is being done or distributed.

Inside the school shelter, 65 people spend their day playing cards while they wait for the sun to warm up bathing water. Of the 65, 25 are children, and a woman who is 7 months pregnant.

Along the way to Utuado, people are huddled along the side of the road.

Water coming down from the rainforest has reached people through a series of PVC pipes held together with rags. Some people drink the same water they bathe in, filling up buckets loaded on the backs of trucks.

Mariana Cruz washed clothes with her mother, Manuela Moya. When Maria hit, her mother had to be rescued by the National Guard because their Alta Bajo home was cut off from a bridge that was washed away, she told ABC News.

This bridge, which put Moya’s life in danger, gives a sense of the danger Hurricane Maria created. Upended roads lead to the remnants of mudslides and a portion of the bridge is still sticking out, while a make-shift ladder allows people to travel between the mountain neighborhoods and the town center.

As a man with a rope hoists buckets of dirty water, further downstream, a graveyard of building facades, cars and homes remain partially submerged in layers of mud.

The streets of Utuado are deserted. The town square is now bathed in the sounds of chainsaws cutting wood. The doors at town hall are flanked with simple signage directing people to apply for FEMA assistance.

This town is considered lucky–it happens to be a larger town with a National Guard post, facilitating the arrival of aid. But local challenges persist. Some residents know that food and supplies are arriving to the island, but question who will delegate the supplies. Eventually, a town resident said, there will come a time when residents will not accept the lack of supplies in their hands anymore.

“We are living day by day. We don’t know what’s waiting tomorrow,” Cruz said.

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