Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sports

Ex-Alonso star part of no-hitter

HICKORY, N.C. — Former Alonso High standout Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick by the Marlins in last June's MLB first-player draft, combined with two other pitchers for a no-hitter Tuesday night for the Class A Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League.

Fernandez (2-0) pitched the first six innings, walking two and striking out eight in the 6-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads. Gregory Nappo pitched two innings and Kevin Cravey one to complete the no-hitter.

"Everything" was working, Fernandez told milb.com. "My fastball, I had good command. My two-seamer was beautiful. My curveball, my slider, my changeup. The catcher (Wilfredo Gimenez) and me, we just pitched our game. That happens."

Fernandez, 19, brought his season ERA down to 1.57. The right-hander has 33 strikeouts, eight walks and nine hits allowed in 23 innings.

Last season, Fernandez helped guide Alonso to its second Class 6A state title in three years. The Ravens ace was 13-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 93 innings. He had nine complete-game wins, including four shutouts. As Alonso's cleanup hitter, Fernandez hit .404 with nine homers and 35 RBIs.

His $2 million signing bonus was the largest given out to a Hillsborough County draftee, surpassing the $1.7 million received by former Tampa Catholic standout and current Twins CF Denard Span in 2002 and former Jesuit ace Geoff Goetz, the sixth overall pick in 1997 by the Mets.

ALL-STAR DEMOTED: Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens, an All-Star last season, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after lasting three-plus innings Monday in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. Jurrjens is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts. Last season, he led the Braves with 13 wins.

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN: Tigers LH reliever Phil Coke is speaking out against bullying. A day after appearing before a task force in Detroit, Coke recalled some of his experiences growing up. "There's different things and different levels of, just kind of general picking on: 'Oh, your last name's Coke.' Little kids figure out ways to mess with your name all the time," Coke said. "It can get under your skin and provoke you into getting upset or being angry or being down, getting upset enough to be withdrawn."

WILLIS FILES GRIEVANCE: LHP Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Orioles, saying the club placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing elsewhere even though he left Triple-A Norfolk with the consent of a team official.

CLEMENS SAGA: Lawyers for Roger Clemens, seeking to discredit a key government witness in the All-Star pitcher's perjury trial, contended that former trainer Brian McNamee is telling lies on which he is cashing in. McNamee has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. Rusty Hardin, the lead Clemens attorney, said in his opening arguments that McNamee had become a celebrity as a result of the allegations.

BLUE JAYS: An MRI exam on LHP Sergio Santos' sore pitching shoulder showed no structural damage, but the closer will be shut down for 10-14 days anyway before beginning a throwing program.

BREWERS: LHP Chris Narveson, who was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff last week, will have season-ending surgery after a second opinion confirmed the initial findings.

METS: RHP Mike Pelfrey and LF Jason Bay went on the 15-day disabled list. Pelfrey has inflammation in his right elbow, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team hasn't ruled out a torn ligament, and Pelfrey will get a second opinion. Bay broke a rib on his left side trying for a diving catch Monday night.

NATIONALS: OF Brett Carroll was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.

ORIOLES: Closer Jim Johnson went to the hospital early in the morning with flu symptoms and was unavailable.

RANGERS: 3B Adrian Beltre returned after missing three games because of inflammation in his upper left leg.

REDS: LH setup man Bill Bray went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin that has bothered him since spring training. Closer Ryan Madson, out for the season with a torn elbow ligament, rejoined the team for a brief rehab on his rebuilt right elbow.

YANKEES: RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to visit with orthopedic surgeon David Altchek today for a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder.

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