Yankees’ Corey Kluber Throws No- Hitter vs. Rangers; MLB's 2nd No-Hitter in 2 Days

Blake SchusterContributor IMay 20, 2021

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 19:  Corey Kluber #28 of the New York Yankees throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Field on May 19, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One night after Detroit Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull tossed the fifth no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season, New York Yankees star Corey Kluber joined the club with a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers in which he gave up no hits and just one walk while striking out nine. 

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It's the first time there have been 2 no-hitters within a 2 day span since Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Stewart each threw a no-hitter on June 29, 1990. pic.twitter.com/5rjdQO8JkQ

With Kluber's feat, MLB is now one away from tying the modern era record of seven individual no-hitters in a season. All well before June.

In fact, it's the first time since 1917 MLB has seen more than five no-hitters before June. After Turnbull's accomplishment in Seattle, baseball was on pace for 19 no-hitters in 2021. That number continues to rise. The all-time MLB record remains at eight no-hitters, which were completed during the 1884. Seven no-hitters were thrown during the 1990, 1991 and 2012 campaigns. 

Kluber needed just 100 pitches to finish off the Rangers at Globe Life Field on Wednesday and complete the 12th no-hitter in Yankees history.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

New York Yankees starter Corey Kluber just finished the sixth no-hitter of the 2021 season, shutting down Texas. The first of his awesome career.<br><br>It’s the second no-hitter inside of 24 hours and brings the 2021 total to within one of the record seven for an entire season. Wow.

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Corey Kluber Breaking Ball vs Rangers:<br>31 pitches<br>12 swings<br>7 whiffs<br>12 called strikes<br>6 K pic.twitter.com/aDGOSV2brg

He joins John Means, Carlos Rodon, Joe Musgrove, Wade Miley and Turnbull among hurlers to go a full nine innings without giving up a hit.

Kluber, who attended high school in the Dallas suburb of Coppell, is the first Yankees starter to toss a no-hitter since David Cone threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos in 1999. 

It's the second no-hitter thrown against the Rangers this year after the club was previously no-hit by Musgrove and the San Diego Padres on April 9 and the 311th no-hitter thrown in MLB history. 

Christopher Kamka @ckamka

Update:<br>MLB pitchers this season have 14 complete games in 9-inning games. 6 of the 14 (42.9%) have been no-hitters.

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On a day that 7 pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter in their career started...<br><br>Lucas Giolito<br>Joe Musgrove<br>Clayton Kershaw<br>Jake Arrieta<br>Max Scherzer<br>Wade Miley<br>John Means<br><br>Corey Kluber makes it 8

Already a two-time American League Cy Young-winner, Kluber's no-hitter felt unlikely if only because the idea of the righty consistently throwing in later innings seemed far-fetched to begin with at this point in his career.

The Yankees signed the veteran on a one-year, $11 million deal in January to help fill out the rotation after two injury-plagued seasons that threatened to cut his time in the Majors short. In 2019, Kluber battled through a fractured arm and an abdomen ailment. He made just seven starts for Cleveland that year, but none after May 1. 

Kluber wouldn't step on a Major League mound again until July 26, 2020 for the same Texas Rangers club he no-hit on Wednesday. 

Despite trading Delino DeShields Jr. and closer Emmanuel Clase to Cleveland for Kluber and cash, the three-time All-Star lasted just one inning as a Ranger before a torn teres major muscle ended his season early for the second consecutive year. 

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Aaron Boone on Corey Kluber's no-hitter: "Corey has come here and become entrenched in our culture, embraced in the clubhouse, beloved by everyone. I'm excited for him and his story, and what he's been through." #YankeesZoomRoom pic.twitter.com/1isggXCfcs

Wednesday was a return to form for Kluber with a third-inning walk to Charlie Culberson serving as the only blemish on an otherwise perfect night. 

The 35-year-old had previously taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning with 18 strikeouts in 2015. With half the amount of Ks in nine innings against Texas, Kluber checked off another box on his ever-growing resume and moved MLB to the brink of tying one of its longest standing records.