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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 09: Nestor Cortes #65 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch during the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on May 09, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

YANKEES 1 – RANGERS 0

When the New York Yankees called up Nestor Cortes in the middle of last season it was fair to say they weren’t sure what they would be getting from the 27-year old Cuban whom they drafted in 2013. Then last July 4, 2021 in a double-header against the New York Mets, the well traveled Cortes dazzled, holding the Amazin’s to a run on two hits over 3.1 innings of work.

He has stayed in the rotation ever since.

On Monday afternoon, Cortes flirted with history, carrying a no-hitter in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers. He was five outs away from history. Five outs from joining the likes of David Wells and David Cone and Doc Gooden as pitchers who tossed a no-no in a Yankees uniform.

It wasn’t perfection, but it was damn well close. That was until Eli White blooped a single to center to break it all up.

7.1 innings of work, one hit, no runs, four walks and 11 strikeouts. A job well done.

The Yankees would scratch the only run of the day in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI double by Anthony Rizzo. Unfortunately Cortes didn’t stay long enough to pick up the victory.

He is 1-1 with a 1.41 ERA. An impressive start for a pitcher not many thought would become the rotation mainstay that he is now.