MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez walked into the Citi Field clubhouse on Monday and saw his All-Star locker right next to one belonging to fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman.
Fernandez, 20, had not known the Cincinnati Reds closer, 25, when both were in their native land. Here was an opportunity for the two pitchers to get familiar with each other and exchange defection stories.
"The last thing we wanted to talk about was how we came here from Cuba," Fernandez said Thursday afternoon before Miami worked out at Marlins Park. "We wanted to enjoy the moment."
That they did.
Fernandez pitched a perfect sixth inning and Chapman threw a scoreless seventh in a losing effort as the American League defeated the National League 3-0 on Tuesday night.
During what he called "an amazing experience," the Marlins ace learned he would start the sixth an inning earlier. He took the mound ready to face former MVP Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox), Triple Crown winner and former MVP Miguel Cab...