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Hours after Fernando Valenzuela's first pitch, the Dodgers threw MLB's 12th combined no-hitter

There was history on Friday night, as four Dodgers pitchers teamed up to throw the 12th combined no-hitter in MLB history for a 4-0 win over the Padres at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the first combined no-hitter outside the U.S. -- but there's an added twist that makes it even more special. 
Prior to the game, Hall of Famer and Dodgers radio broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela took the mound and delivered a ceremonial first pitch for the gathered masses, who seemed divided among Dodgers and Padres fans: 

It was the Mexican-born Valenzuela, of course, who captivated baseball in the early 1980s with his fiery style and fearless demeanor, traits that helped him throw a no-hitter against the Cardinals in 1990 hours after being inspired by Dave Stewart's no-hitter against the Blue Jays:

Might Dodgers rookie right-hander Walker Buehler have felt especially motivated on Friday night? Who can say, really ... but he coasted through six innings, until being lifted for pitch count purposes. Tony Cingrani, Yimi García and Adam Liberatore nailed down the final three innings, securing the Dodgers a place in MLB history.
The Dodgers doing something historic with a close tie-in to a signature franchise moment isn't anything new. It was Justin Turner, you may recall, who hammered a dramatic, walk-off homer in the NLCS on the actual anniversary of the night of Kirk Gibson's homer in the 1988 World Series. 
They have a certain knack for excitement, don't they? 

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