• In Monday's pregame ceremony, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw out the ceremonial first pitch. After doing so, he chatted briefly with Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who's a huge Miami Dolphins fan. And between innings, Henderson Alvarez was honored for his no-hitter against the Tigers to close out 2013. Alvarez was presented a painting of himself raising his hands in triumph. The painting was by Kadir Nelson.
• Saltalamacchia still doesn't know when he will receive his 2013 World Series ring from the Red Sox. Boston is having its ring ceremony on Friday night at Fenway Park. Because the Marlins are facing the Padres that day in Miami, Saltalamacchia will not be able to attend. Both sides are expected to work something out where he is presented with his championship ring.
• Christian Yelich made his MLB debut on July 23 of last year, and it was at Colorado. In each of his first three at-bats, the outfielder collected hits. However, one of them (weeks later) was eventually reversed and ruled an error, so he went 2-for-4 that night. His first hit game ball is at his home in California, nicely displayed.
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