Jim Kaat called New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes "Nestor the Molester" during a broadcast Thursday

the 83-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher's second inflammatory remark in the previous year.

Kaat explained that New York's Cortes had been one of his favourites during a breakout season.

Nestor Cortes, stated Kaat. "Angles, speeds. Pitcher.”

Dustin Morse, the Twins' VP of communications, chatted with Kaat after the broadcast.

Morse: "We take these matters seriously and will handle them internally and confidentially."

Kaat planned to approach Cortes directly. Morse: "Jim meant no harm."

Cortes has started the season 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA, earning him the nickname "Nasty Nestor" He pitched seven scoreless innings to win Thursday's doubleheader opener.

The Yankees and Cortes played the Angels at night.

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His comment about Moncada reminded some viewers of the unfulfilled Civil War vow to provide freed slaves 40 acres and a mule. During the Astros-White Sox game, he apologised.

“Earlier in the game, when Yoán Moncada was at bat, I made an offensive and disrespectful remark,” he stated. I apologise.