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September 30, 2013

What You Need to Know

A Wild Final Weekend

by Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price


The No-Hitter
With most eyes focused on the AL Wild Card race over the weekend, Henderson Alvarez turned heads on Sunday with an outstanding performance that ended the season for the Marlins in dramatic fashion.

Through eight innings, Alvarez had rendered the Tigers hitless and allowed just two batters to reach base. The right-handed hurler plunked Prince Fielder with a slow curveball in the first inning, while Jose Iglesias reached base on an Adeiny Hechavarria error in the fifth.

Alex Avila led off the ninth inning with a harmless ground ball back to the mound, which Alvarez tossed over to first for the first out. Next up was Don Kelly, who hit a tougher ball back to Alvarez, requiring a nice snag by the 23-year-old to preserve his no-hit bid. Two away.

Against Andy Dirks, Alvarez missed off the plate with four straight sinkers, issuing his first free pass of the game. Matt Tuiasasopo, who had replaced Fielder in the fourth inning, worked a 3-1 count before whiffing on consecutive sinkers from Alvarez.

Nine hitless innings. Alvarez had done it. His first no-hitt… But wait, not quite.

While Alvarez had subdued the Tigers for nine innings of no-hit ball, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, and Rick Porcello had combined to blank his teammates through eight innings. Alvarez pumped his first after retiring Tuiasasopo and was given a standing ovation by the home crowd as he jogged off the mound, but was without a no-hitter to his name as the Marlins headed to the home half of the ninth inning.

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