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Rangers no-hit again — this time by former teammate Corey Kluber as Yankees win, 2-0

Rangers no-hit again — this time by former teammate Corey Kluber as Yankees win, 2-0

May 19, 2021
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ARLINGTON, Texas — In the Year of the No-Hitter, the Texas Rangers have been no-hit twice in the season’s first seven weeks. They were held without a hit again Wednesday night in a 2-0 loss by New York Yankees starter Corey Kluber, who lasted only one inning last season […]

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ARLINGTON, Texas — In the Year of the No-Hitter, the Texas Rangers have been no-hit twice in the season’s first seven weeks.

They were held without a hit again Wednesday night in a 2-0 loss by New York Yankees starter Corey Kluber, who lasted only one inning last season in his only season with the Rangers before injuring his shoulder.

He lasted all nine innings Wednesday at Globe Life Field, striking out nine and issuing only a third-inning walk to third baseman Charlie Culberson.

The Rangers were also no-hit April 9 by San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, who struck out 10 in the Rangers’ seventh game of the season and fourth at home. The only base runner was Joey Gallo, who was hit in the foot by a pitch in the fourth inning.

Like Musgrove did last month, Kluber threw mostly off-speed pitches. He used a heavy dose of curveballs, cutters and sliders, and the Rangers never sniffed a hit.

The closest came in the eighth when Khris Davis’ line drive short-hopped third baseman Gio Urshela, but he made the play.

Rangers hitters were rarely ahead in counts, and when they were Kluber continued to pound away with off-speed pitches.

It was Kluber’s second career start at Globe Life Field, the first coming July 26, 2020. He tore the teres major muscle in his shoulder while throwing 18 pitches in the first inning and missed the rest of the season.

The Rangers acquired him in December 2019 in a three-player deal that sent center fielder Delino DeShields and rookie reliever Emmanuel Clase to Cleveland. Though Kluber missed most of 2019, the Rangers believed he would rebound and be part of a rotation that would lead them into playoff contention.

The Rangers paid him $18.5 million in 2020 and declined to pick up their club option on him for $18 million. That allowed him to become a free agent, and he signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Yankees in January.

Kluber’s first career no-hitter was the sixth already this season in baseball and the second in as many nights. Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull threw a no-no Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners and Rangers, American League West rivals, have both been no-hit twice this season, and so have the Indians.

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