The New York Yankees earned their third victory in four games thanks in large part to Nathan Eovaldi’s six no-hit innings of work. 

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  • Texas Rangers: 1 (10-10
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  • Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX

By Christian Kouroupakis

Nathan Eovaldi was attempting to become the first New York Yankees‘ pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone tossed a perfect game on July 18, 1999. Unfortunately, Nasty Nate surrendered a leadoff single to in the bottom of the seventh to Nomar Mazara.

Nevertheless, the Bombers earned 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night thanks to the masterful performance by their starter. Eovaldi let up two hits, two walks, and struck out six in seven-plus innings of work.

Cesar Ramos, who filled in for Cole Hamels, allowed only three runs in six innings. Ramos’ quality start marked the seventh quality start by a Rangers starter in which he did not record the victory.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro provided run support with a home run each and Mark Teixeira also joined in on the action by ripping an RBI double.

The Rangers were held in check until Brett Nicholas hit a solo jack off Dellin Betances in the eighth. Yes, turns out he is human after all.

Texas finished the day with a mere three hits and has now lost their fourth straight game while only recording five runs in that span.

This Is What We Paid For:

Ellsbury got the Yankees going early with a home run to give his team a 1-0 lead in the third inning. That solo dinger was the speedster’s first of 2016 and the first extra-base hit off a left-handed pitcher all year.

Injury Notes: 

The Yankees’ 2015 first-round draft pick, James Kaprielian, has been shut down indefinitely after an MRI revealed inflammation in his right elbow. To make things clear: there is no ligament tear.

Team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad will be treating the prized prospect “conservatively” according to the team. Kaprielian will rest his arm for an undisclosed amount of time before beginning a throwing program.

Relevant Stat Of The Day:

Including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, there have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in New York Yankees history.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will go for their second straight series win tomorrow in game two of this three-game set.

Luis Severino (0-2, 4.86 ERA) vs AJ Griffin (2-0, 3.18 ERA)

The 22-year-old “future ace” will be squaring off against Texas for the first time in his young career. Severino, who struggled mightily in his first two starts, is on a quest to build on his best outing of the season when he pitched six innings of two-run baseball against the A’s last week.

The Yankees will catch a break, for once, and not face a lefty. Griffin, a right-hander, is nevertheless not an easy task.

He is off to solid start to 2016 as he is holding opponents to a .203 average (.129 against righties) and holds the opposition to a .143 average when runners are in scoring position. Certainly not good news for a team that ranks near the bottom of the league in that category (.194 BA).

Griffin is also 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees. Complete coverage of game two will begin on the YES Network at 7:30 with first pitch commencing at around 8:05.

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