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A's Hurlers Cahill and Rodriguez Combine for No Hitter In Final Game

Phoenix Athletics pitchers Trevor Cahill and Henry Rodriguez tossed the Arizona League's second no hitter of 2006 on the final day of the season. The A's defeated the Cubs, 5-0.

Cahill started the contest and pitched four perfect innings. The 18-year-old right hander, Oakland's second round pick in the June 2006 draft, fanned seven Cub batters.

Rodriguez pitched the final five innings to earn the win. Rodriguez, a 19-year-old from Santa Barbara, Venezuela. struck out seven and walked two.

This was the tenth no-hitter in Arizona League history but the second this season.

Surprise Royals pitchers Brent Fisher and Michael Hauff held the Mesa Cubs hitless on July 19 but the Royals lost the contest, 1-0.


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Arizona League Trivia

Shairon Martis, who played for the Scottsdale Giants in 2005, tossed a no-hitter for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic this year.  The 18-year-old righthander blanked Panama on March 10, 2006 in a game stopped in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule.  


 

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Cedric Hunter Named 2006 AzL MVP

Peoria Padres outfielder Cedric Hunter was named the Arizona League's Most Valuable Player.

The 18-year-old Hunter, a third-round pick in this year's draft, ranks among the Arizona League leaders in batting, hits, runs scored and RBIs. The Decatur, Georgia native reached base safely in his first 48 professional games (the streak ended on August 26). Hunter also had the Arizona League's longest consecutive game hitting streak this year--23 games.

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Angels Skipper Ever Magallanes Named '06 Manager of the Year

The Arizona League managers selected Tempe Angels skipper Ever Magallanes as the 2006 manager of the year.

After finishing the first half in fourth place with a 15-13 record, the Angels improved drastically in the second half with Magallanes at the helm.

This year marks Magallanes' managerial debut. The 40-year-old played pro baseball for 19 seasons before retiring after the 2005 campaign.

Ever's younger brother Bobby served as a coach for the Mesa Angels in 2003.

What is the Arizona League?

The Arizona League is one of two complex-based professional minor leagues. The AzL, which debuted in 1988, is classified as a “Rookie” league, the lowest level of minor league baseball.

The League has nine teams in 2006, all based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The AzL plays a split season, with the second half starting on July 27. The winners of each half will meet in a one-game playoff on August 31 to decide the league champion.         Read more

Royals No-Hit Cubs But Lose Game

Surprise Royals pitchers Brent Fisherč and Michael Hauff held the Mesa Cubs hitless on July 19 and the duo combined for nearly a perfect game.  But the Royals lost the contest, 1-0. The Cubs scored the game's only run after a throwing error by Fisher.

Cubs second baseman Valerio Heredia reached on Fisher's error with one out in the fourth inning. Heredia promptly stole second base and third base and then scored on  catcher Carlos Perez's sacrifice fly. No other Cubs reached base in the contest.

Fisher tossed six innings, faced 19 batters (one over the minimum), and struck out 11. Hauff faced only six batters in the final two frames with four strikeouts. Since the home team Cubs had the lead, there was no need to play the bottom of the ninth. 

This was the ninth no-hitter in Arizona League history but the first in eight years. (While major league baseball no longer officially recognizes no-hit games of less than nine innings, we intend to honor the Royals' achievement in the Arizona League annals.)

Phoenix Athletics pitchers Tyler Yates, Shane Bazzell and Jose Nigron combined for the AzL’s last no-hitter—a 3-0 victory over the Peoria Mariners on July 25, 1998. Bazzell, the A’s 16th round pick in the June 1998 draft, held the Mariners hitless for the first five innings. He was relieved by Jose Negron, a right-hander from Puerto Rico who was making his professional debut. After Negron tossed two no-hit innings, right-handed pitcher Tyler Yates from Kaui, Hawaii pitched the final two frames.

The other AzL no-hit gems were pitched by Jeff Hart (Padres, 1988); Marty Willis (Brewers, 1988); Marcos Garcia (Mariners, 1989); Keith Millay, Terry Fults and Charlie Morgan (A’s, 1991); Jason Stockstill (Angels, 1995); Jake Westbrook and Brian Hinchy (Rockies, 1996) and Orin Kawahara and Robby Christianson (Mariners, 1996).