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Yankees no-hit Tigers in spring training rarity

Yankees no-hit Tigers in spring training rarity

Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery did most of the work on an impressive day for New York's pitching staff.

When it was over, Jordan Montgomery walked off the mound at Joker Marchant stadium like it was any other spring training game. He did not react in any way. No one rushed to meet him.

Nonetheless, Montgomery played a significant part in what passes for spring training history Friday afternoon, working the final four innings as the Yankees no-hit the Tigers in a 3-0 victory.

Starter Masahiro Tanaka went 4 1/3 innings, walking two, and Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth before handing matters over to Montgomery. He ultimately retired Andrew Romine on a soft pop to third base to finish off the no-no.

According to nohitter.com, the Yankees' gem Friday was the first spring training no-hitter since March 8, 2015, when the Braves did it with nine pitchers in a 10-inning game against the Astros. The Yankees' last spring no-no came in 1983, courtesy of Ron Guidry and Dale Murray.

While a no-hitter is always unexpected no matter when it occurs (or whether it actually counts), the game followed trends established this spring by both teams. The Yankees have the best record in the majors at 16-5, while the Tigers' offense has been abysmal much of the spring. Detroit entered Friday averaging 4.1 runs per game, second-worst in the majors to the Padres.

 

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