Corey Kluber throws 6th no-hitter of MLB season, bringing league 1 away from modern record

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 19:  The New York Yankees celebrate a no-hitter by Corey Kluber #28 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on May 19, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
It is the Year of the No-Hitter. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Corey Kluber became the latest pitcher to enter the history books with a no-hitter this season, just 24 hours after the last no-hitter.

The New York Yankees right-hander tossed nine no-hit innings to blank the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in a 2-0 win. Kluber's final line: 9 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, one walk, nine strikeouts, 101 pitches. 

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The lone blemish of Kluber's night was a third-inning walk of Charlie Culberson.

MLB is making absurd no-hitter history

Six no-hitters have now been thrown this season, one away from the modern record of seven and two away from the overall record of eight set in 1884. With four months remaining in the regular season, MLB is well-positioned to shatter that mark.

Kluber joins Joe Musgrove (April 9), Carlos Rodon (April 14), John Means (May 5), Wade Miley (May 7) and Spencer Turnbull (May 18) in accomplishing the feat. If you count Madison Bumgarner's seven no-hit innings (April 25), the modern record has already been matched.

Incredibly, the six official no-hitters have come at the expense of just three teams. The Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians have all been no-hit twice now.

The no-hitter is also the first of Kluber's career, the 12th in Yankees history and the 311th in MLB history. It's the first Yankees no-no since David Cone's perfect game in 1999. 

Corey Kluber's night is still special

Even if the value of a no-hitter feels watered down right now, the night is still an important one for Kluber.

After winning two Cy Young Awards with Cleveland, Kluber struggled immensely with injuries, starting with a right arm fracture from a line drive. He was eventually traded to the Rangers, who saw him throw only one inning in 2020 before missing the rest with a muscle tear. That Wednesday's feat came at the expense of the Rangers is likely a bitter pill for Texas to swallow.

Kluber's trademark lack of emotion was on full of display in his postgame interview:

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Kluber wound up with the Yankees on a one-year deal in free agency, and now has already thrown more innings this season than he did in 2019 and 2020 combined. If he's even a fraction of his old self this year, it's a coup for New York.

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