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Severino throws 7 innings no-hit ball for Yanks

ARLINGTON, Texas — New York Yankees starter Luis Severino was in full ace form at Globe Life Field Monday night, completing seven innings in his longest career no-hit bid.

Severino threw 94 pitches and struckout seven batters in the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Miguel Castro, fresh off the 60 day injured list due to shoulder problems, came in to relieve Severino and struckout the first batter he faced, Rangers designated batter Adolis Garcia. Third baseman Josh Jung then came forward and lined a 98 mph fastball just over the reach of infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the first Rangers hit of the evening.

The Rangers then scored their first run off Castro on a groundout by Kole Calhoun.

New York manager Aaron Boone had an extended conversation with Severino in the dugout after he closed the seventh inning with a 99 mph fastball for a strikeout. Boone was seen on the broadcast cameras apparently telling Severino he couldn’t let him go on.

“I tried to fight with him, but in the end you can’t help it,” said Severino. “He told me, ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘I’ll come back out.’ But it wasn’t a good idea to go out and push it to 115 pitches.”

“The decision would have been if he had turned eight” [innings] at the time,” Boone said. “I didn’t really want more than 90 . to go [pitches] with him. I would try to get him to finish that seventh inning no matter what. The main thing I told him — he obviously wanted to stay in and go back out and I think he understood — I wasn’t going to take him to 120, 125, 130 pitches tonight. And that’s where it probably should have gone to finish something like that.”

This was Severino’s third start since coming off the 60-day IL with a low-grade right lat strain. The 28-year-old had been very open about his disappointment when the Yankees, who had to make several roster changes, transferred him to the 60-day IL in early August after initially being placed on the 15-day IL.

“I wanted to keep going, I wanted to keep going,” Severino said. “But it was definitely the best decision, as I’m recovering from an injury.”

Monday’s performance could put Severino at No. 2 in New York’s postseason rotation, behind Gerrit Cole.

“That’s probably the best time I’ve ever seen him throw,” said catcher Kyle Higashioka. “I think if he could have gone nine, I’m pretty sure he would have gotten that no-hitter.”

The veteran righthander pushed his record to 7-3, struckout 63 against the Rangers and improved his ERA to 3.18.

“It kind of puts the night in, frankly,” Boone said of Severino’s elimination. “It’s not fun to have to do. And he’s out there, doing his job at a really high and special level, and having to be the one to shut that down, it’s not fun, but you have to do it.”

The performance stole a bit of the spotlight from New York slugger Aaron Judge, who went 1-for-4 that night. Judge is still chasing his 62nd home run, which would set a one-season record in the American League and take him past Yankees great Roger Maris.

Severino’s performance brought back memories of a New York no-hitter at the same stadium last season. On May 22, 2021, right-handed veteran Corey Kluber no-hit the Rangers in a 2-0 win. Kluber is now pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Sevy behaved normally, didn’t shy away from everyone. He was himself,” Kiner-Falefa told ESPN. “After the seventh inning, I looked up and thought, ‘Wow, okay, we need to play around here.’ “He was rolling. But all that matters is that it’s very, very exciting to see Sevy doing what he’s doing, given where we’re going.”

Marwin Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton homered in the Yankees’ win. It was Stanton’s 30th of the season.

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