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:
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