The Miami Marlins began the 2014 Legend Series in Panama against the New York Yankees on Saturday with a combined no-hitter.
Four Marlins pitchers took part in the 5-0 no-hit win with the first five innings coming from Brad Hand. The lefty who is vying for a rotation spot was perfect while striking out six. The Yankees brought several regulars on the trip including Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano which makes Hand's outing even more impressive. While Tom Koehler has captured headlines with his terrific spring, Hand has done very well himself. The Marlins may find themselves with a tough decision should both pitchers keep up this pace.
After Hand, the three other pitchers to take part in the no-hitter were Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos, and Arquimedes Caminero. This wasn't the first time that the Marlins put together a no-hitter in the spring. On March 22, 2009, three pitchers including Ricky Nolasco combined to no-hit the Detroit Tigers according to the team's radio broadcaster, Glenn Geffner.
The offense for Miami tallied seven hits with two more coming from Jake Marisnick who continued to make a case for a roster spot. Marisnick is now hitting .375 on the spring and also swiped his third base. With Marcell Ozuna struggling and striking out at an alarming rate, Marisnick may find himself in the outfield at Marlins Park on Opening Night. Third base prospect Colin Moran also made an impression in this game by walking three times and scoring twice. Moran is going to head to the minor leagues at some point this spring but may be in line for the big league third-base job a year from now.
The Marlins will play two games on Sunday with Kevin Slowey scheduled to take on the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. In Panama, Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound against the Yankees.