The Marlins still were talking about their four-pitcher no-hitter against the New York Yankees during a split-squad game in Panama City on Saturday. Starter Brad Hand pitched five innings, and Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero followed.
“Some guys had no idea that there was no-hitter going on,” said Hand, noting the scoreboard only showed the runs. “I knew I didn’t give up a hit. I don’t even think Caminero knew that a no-hitter was going on when he was pitching the ninth.”
Noted for his control, Hand is not guaranteed the fifth spot in the rotation. Incumbent Tom Koehler is projected as the probable fifth starter.
“It’s obviously a confident booster but I’m coming out here and trying to pitch so I’ll win a spot,” Hand said.
Redmond said Hand was impressive to watch as he handled the Yankees and a pro-Yankees crowd of 27,000.
“He was great, the best I’ve ever seen him,” Redmond said. “He was in complete control and threw everything for strikes.”