It was the Yankees’ first no-hitter since July 18, 1999, when David Cone threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos.
“It’s all kind of emotions. It’s excitement, obviously, but also relief because it’s over,” Kluber said after the game on YES Network. “We were fortunate in that they hit them right at people.”
Including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the Yankees have thrown 12 no-hitters. This was the club’s first road no-hitter since July 12, 1951, when Allie Reynolds did it at Cleveland.
On Wednesday night, the only runner for the Rangers was Charlie Culberson, who drew a one-out walk in the third.
“This was a lot of fun,” Kluber told YES Network. “It was a well-played game on both sides, we were able to scratch out a few runs there. And it was fun to be a part of.”
Kluber, a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, was making his second start at the Rangers’ retractable roof stadium.
The two-time AL Cy Young winner threw just one inning in his only season with the Rangers in 2020, tearing a muscle in his shoulder during his lone start last July in the third game played in the $1.2 billion stadium. The injury didn’t require surgery but ended his season.
That scoreless inning cost the Rangers nearly $8 million — his prorated pay of $6,851,852 after they got him in a December 2019 trade from Cleveland, and the $1 million buyout of a 2021 club option. Kluber then became a free agent and signed an $11 million, one-year deal with the Yankees.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.