The New York Yankees traveled to Panama City, Panama this weekend to play in the Legend Series honoring one of most popular players in franchise history and perhaps Panama's greatest athletic hero, Mariano Rivera.
The Miami Marlins joined Yankees on this trip to presumably play the role of Washington Generals to New York's Harlem Globetrotters. But in game one of the two-game series, Miami stole the show when four pitchers combined to throw the first MLB no-hitter of the spring.
Left-hander Brad Hand did the heavy lifting for Miami, covering the first five innings. He struck out six and allowed only one base runner on a hit batsman. Closer Steve Cishek handled the sixth, walking Brett Gardner and striking out one. The game was then turned over to reliever A.J. Ramos and minor leaguer Arquimedes Caminero, who collectively breezed through the final nine outs. Caminero ended the game emphatically with a strikeout of Adonis Garcia.
Surprisingly, the game was not broadcast in the United States, so interested fans were left scrambling for live streams or second hand information from beat writers on location. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com was a good source.
Ballgame over, Yankees no-hit.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 16, 2014
It was a throwback to the old days in the regard, although I guess the old days never had an outlet like Twitter. We'll just say it was a different way to track a no-hitter than we've become accustomed to over the past decade, even for a spring training game.
That said, it was definitely a memorable night for the lucky fans in attendance, which was the point of both teams traveling to Panama to begin with. It started with Mariano Rivera thanking his teammates and his fans in Panama, and then throwing out the first pitch to new Yankees' closer David Robertson. A moment Rivera labeled the official "passing of the torch."
It continued with Miami's staff running through a Yankees lineup that included Gardner, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano. Granted, it wasn't a complete major league lineup, but it would have been enough to satisfy Miami's complaints last week against the Boston Red Sox.
Then it ended with history, even though it won't officially be entered in the history books.
That's pretty eventful for exhibition. What will the teams do for an encore on Sunday?
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