Henderson Alvarez no-hitter: Reactions around the web

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Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez threw the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history on Sunday against the Tigers. Here are some reactions from around the league.

-Marlins' Henderson Alvarez throws crazy no-hitter vs Tigers - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

Alvarez needed the run for his no-hitter to be official, because a Major League Baseball ruling in 1991 said only complete games of nine or more innings with no hits count as no-hitters. Alvarez got it when Luke Putkonen's first pitch to pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs was low and inside, eluding catcher Brayan Pena. Alvarez (5-6) struck out four, walked one and hit a batter against a patchwork Tigers lineup on the last day of the season. When he closed out the top of the ninth, he pumped one fist and then both, thinking the game was over.

-Henderson Alvarez completes no-hitter after Marlins win on walk-off wild pitch | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

The Miami Marlins season was anything but memorable, but Henderson Alvarez sure gave the home fans a finish on Sunday afternoon throwing the season's third and final no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. This was far from a typical no-hitter, too. In fact, it was the wildest no-hitter one could possibly dream up. The Marlins offense was also shutout by Justin Verlander and the Detroit bullpen until the ninth inning, meaning Alvarez's feat was completed on a dramatic walk-off. In the deciding inning, Miami loaded the bases with the two outs, and then Luke Putkonen uncorked his second wild pitch allowing Giancarlo Stanton to race home with the game's only run.

-Henderson Alvarez closes Miami Marlins’ season with no-hitter - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

It was a crazy ending to an abysmal season. Henderson Alvarez pitched the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, but didn’t know it until a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. "I don’t think you could ever in your life envision that," said manager Mike Redmond after the Marlins closed out their season on Sunday in a way that was as historic as it was bizarre.

-Walk-off, wild pitch no-hitter for Marlins

Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter today. He didn't get to jump into his catcher's arms like most pitchers do in that situation. Instead, he had to wait until his teammates scored an unlikely run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 1-0 victory against Detroit.

-Henderson Alvarez with the unlikeliest of no-hitters | HardballTalk

Actually, it was prime no-hitter time: a meaningless game on the final day of the season. The opposing team had nothing to play for and thus started several backups. The umps were also looking to get things over with in a hurry. If there was ever a day for Henderson Alvarez to throw a no-no, this was it. It was the ending that made this one unique. The Marlins, like the Tigers, couldn’t put a run on the board. At the end of 8 1/2 innings, Alvarez had his no-hitter ready to go, he just needed some help. And if he didn’t get it, he was going back out for the 10th. For Alvarez, it was his first start against an American League team since the Blue Jays traded him to Miami in the big Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson deal last winter. In 2012, he went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA for the Blue Jays, allowing 216 hits in 187 1/3 innings. Rick Porcello was the only pitcher in the AL to give up more hits last year.

-Marlins' Henderson Alvarez pitches 'walk-off' no-hitter vs. Tigers - CBSSports.com

Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins has no-hit the Tigers in a most unlikely fashion. Alvarez didn't allow a hit through the first nine innings, but his opposite numbers -- Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello -- shut out the Marlins throught eight. That means Alvarez didn't technically have a no-hitter until a Luke Putkonen wild pitch plated Giancarlo Stanton with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The on-deck hitter when all that unfolded? Henderson Alvarez.

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