Gerrit Cole gets last laugh in Carlos Correa battle after Rocco Baldelli's NSFW message

Apr 16, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches in
Apr 16, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches in / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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For the second straight game, a New York Yankees starting pitcher took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. On Sunday, it was Gerrit Cole who kept the Twins lineup at bay before Donovan Solano stroked a single to left field.

A Michael Taylor sixth inning single set up a matchup with Yankees nemesis Carlos Correa, who was 6-for-10 with two homers, a double and three RBI against his former Astros teammate entering Sunday.

Fully aware of this -- and with Taylor at second base after a successful bunt from Edouard Julien -- Cole worked around the strike zone and even brushed Correa off the plate with a high-and-tight fastball.

Dancing out of danger, Correa ended up on the ground. There was no malice intent from Cole, whose body language indicated the pitch got away from him.

That didn't stop Twins manager Rocco Baldelli -- still charged up from his Saturday ejection, apparently -- from giving Cole an earful in between pitches, though. Lip-reading doesn't get easier than this, folks.

Twins' Rocco Baldelli gives Gerrit Cole NSFW message after he nearly hit Carlos Correa.

Baldell is having some series, huh? The Twins skipper tried with all his might to get Domingo German tossed Saturday over an apparent foreign substance spat. When the check came back clear, Baldelli lost his cool and was given the old heave-ho.

Like Saturday, the Yankees got the last laugh, as Cole induced an inning-ending groundout from Correa to keep the shutout in tact.

Minutes later, DJ LeMahieu got under Baldelli's skin even further with a signature Yankee Stadium home run that bounced off the top of the right field fence. To add insult to injury, Twins RF Max Kepler backpedaled right into the wall as the ball cleared the fencing.

Better awareness and this could've been robbed. Alas ...

Oh no!

A perfect storm of misfortunes for the Twins. It's almost like Baldelli should've known better than to test the baseball gods after Saturday's stunt.

Cole was utterly unfazed by Baldelli's message, which is no surprise. He was locked in from jump street on Sunday and twirled a complete game shutout to lower his season ERA to 0.95. He allowed two hits -- both singles -- one walk and fanned 10 batters.  

Better luck next time, Baldelli.