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Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees Pick & Prediction MAY 9TH 2022

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In their first day of a grueling stretch, the New York Yankees encountered cool conditions and little offense in a doubleheader split.

The weather is expected to warm up somewhat, and the Yankees hope to produce more offense Monday afternoon when they host the Texas Rangers in the final game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are playing their third game in a stretch of 23 games in 22 days after consecutive rainouts forced a doubleheader on Sunday in windy conditions with temperatures in the 50s.

"It's going to be just one at a time," New York first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "I'd rather be doing this in May than in the end of September going into the playoffs. These are stretches throughout the year that you usually always have one or two."

The Yankees opened the doubleheader with a 2-1 win when Gleyber Torres opened the ninth inning with a game-ending homer. Texas claimed a split when pinch hitter Brad Miller hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Michael King, who last allowed a run on April 11.

New York is looking to avoid its second losing streak of the season. The Yankees are 12-2 in their past 14 games and can join the New York Mets as the second team to reach 20 wins when they take the field under what are expected to be sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

Texas is 5-1 over its past six games and has won nine of 15 since getting off to a 2-9 start. Miller has the game-winning hit in two of the Rangers' past five wins after also getting a two-run double in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 2-1 win in Philadelphia.

"Our guys were ready to play after the first one," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "We couldn't wait to get back on the field, to be honest with you. You lose that first one, you kind of have to go put it aside and play the next one."

New York starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or fewer in 26 of 27 starts after Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery reached the seventh Sunday, and Nestor Cortes (1-1, 1.82 ERA) looks to continue the Yankees' run of effective starts.

Cortes is also hoping to rebound from his first loss of the season. He last pitched Wednesday in Toronto when he allowed two runs on four hits and tied a career high by allowing four walks in four innings.

Cortes is 0-0 with a 10.57 ERA in four career appearances against Texas. His only start against the Rangers was Sept. 20, 2021, when he allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

After Dane Dunning took a no-hitter into the sixth and Glenn Otto pitched five innings of two-run ball in the doubleheader, Texas will start Jon Gray (0-1, 7.50), who is making his second start since returning from a sprained left knee.

Gray returned Tuesday in Philadelphia and allowed three runs and five hits in three innings during a no-decision in a 6-4 Texas win.

Gray, who signed a $56 million, four-year deal with Texas, is making his second career start against the Yankees. He last faced them June 22, 2016, for Colorado when he allowed four runs in four innings in a no-decision at New York.

--Field Level Media

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Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees Recap MAY 9TH 2022

Nestor Cortes came within five outs of a no-hitter before allowing a single to Eli White, and the New York Yankees pushed across a run in the eighth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 15 games and joined the crosstown New York Mets as the second team in the majors with 20 wins.

Cortes lost his no-hit bid when White lined a 92 mph fastball into center field on the left-hander's 103rd pitch. After White singled, manager Aaron Boone promptly lifted Cortes and the former 36th-round draft pick earned a standing ovation.

Clay Holmes (4-0) relieved Cortes and needed four pitches to get Marcus Semien to bounce into a double play.

Cortes ended the sixth inning at 74 pitches by striking out Adolis Garcia. The Yankees had Chad Green warming up when Cortes stranded two by getting Kole Calhoun to ground into the shift to end the seventh.

Cortes was bidding to throw the 13th no-hitter in team history and the second against Texas in less than a year. On May 19, 2021, Corey Kluber no-hit the Rangers on 101 pitches in Texas when he faced one hitter above the minimum.

Cortes pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings. He struck out 11 -- one shy of his career high set April 17 in Baltimore -- and threw 103 pitches, also one shy of his career high. Cortes threw 51 cutters and averaged 90.9 mph on his 39 fastballs.

Texas came within five outs of being no-hit for the third time in the past two seasons. The Rangers were also no-hit on April 9, 2021 in San Diego by Joe Musgrove.

Aroldis Chapman, in his first appearance since May 1 at Kansas City, pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. He allowed a two-strike, two-out single to Jonah Heim and a stolen base to pinch runner Brad Miller before getting Nick Solak to fly out.

The Yankees were held to three hits through the first seven innings against Jon Gray and Brock Burke before opening the eighth with consecutive one-out hits off Brett Martin (0-3).

Aaron Judge singled and scored when Rizzo dropped a double to the gap in left-center field.

Gray exited for precautionary reasons with left knee soreness after getting the first out of the fifth, and Burke loaded the bases before striking out Judge and Rizzo.

In his second start since returning from a left knee sprain last week, Gray allowed a single in the fourth to Josh Donaldson and a single in the fifth to former Ranger Joey Gallo.

--Field Level Media

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