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Yankees getting reminder of Astros’ threat to magical season

Let’s deal with the current history because, really, it shouldn’t be ignored: Before Saturday there had never been a no-hitter thrown in the current version of Yankee Stadium. And it had been 2,983 regular-season games since the Yankees were last no-hit. 

So here is acknowledging what, especially, Cristian Javier and, for the final two innings, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly did. It had been 19 years and 14 days since the Yankees had been last no-hit, also by a group of Astros pitchers. 

But no-hitters are not that rare these days. The Astros’ 3-0 win Saturday was the fourth this season. A few times more a week, a starter goes deep into the game without allowing a hit. What feels more pertinent in this moment is that the Astros have interrupted the Yankees’ magic carpet ride for a few days and dropped another reminder that the AL championship likely will go through Houston, no matter how many wins the Yankees accumulate this year. 

“That’s certainly a fair outlook,” Gerrit Cole said. 

Of course, it is a long way from here to there and the fact the Yankees and Astros have the AL’s two best records does not guarantee an invitation to late October. 

But these clubs are distancing themselves from others in the league. They are the class. And the Astros own a little place in the Yankees’ psyche. They have eliminated them three times in the postseason since 2015, twice in the ALCS. And if there were any reminders that they are deep in talent and fortitude, they have expressed that over the past 48 hours in The Bronx. 

The Astros celebrate after completing their combined no-hitter.
The Astros celebrate after completing their combined no-hitter.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

The Yankees threw a haymaker Thursday night after getting no-hit from the second through the eighth innings. But then Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in the ninth and Aaron Judge singled in the winning run and it was possible to believe that very little could soil, at minimum, the 2022 regular season of the Yankees.