Cole (4-0) earned the win over Baltimore on Wednesday, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five batters. Cole demonstrated excellent control throughout the contest, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes and yielding no walks for the first time this season. He didn't fan any batters through the first three innings, struck out five straight between the fourth and fifth frames, then went the rest of his outing without another punchout. The right-hander had a 6.35 ERA through his first three outings this season but has brought that number all the way down to 2.89 with five straight quality starts. His next start is lined up to be a rematch against the Orioles -- this time in New York -- early next week.
Cole (3-0) allowed three runs on six hits and one walk over 6.1 innings Friday, striking out nine and earning a win over the White Sox. Cole gave up just one run on a balk through five innings of work. He then served up a two-run shot to Gavin Sheets in the sixth. The 31-year-old righty has racked up 34 strikeouts over his last 25.1 innings after beginning the season with 12 through 11.1 frames. Friday's contest was the first time he's allowed more than two runs since April 13. Cole will carry a 2.95 ERA into his projected start in Baltimore next week.
Cole allowed a run on five hits and a walk while striking out 10 in 6.1 innings during the win over the Rangers in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. He didn't factor into the decision. Although Cole had his scheduled start pushed back two days due to inclement weather, he didn't show much rust during Sunday's matinee. The right-hander posted a 6.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 11.1 innings over his first three starts of the season, but he's lasted at least six innings in each of his last three outings while allowing just one run during that time. Cole projects to make his next start on the road against the White Sox on Friday.
Cole and the Yankees won't play Saturday against the Rangers after the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Cole was initially slated to start Friday against Texas, but he'll be pushed back once again after a second consecutive game was postponed. Saturday's game will be made up Monday, while Cole will start in Sunday's matinee against the Rangers, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Cole won't start as scheduled Friday against the Rangers since the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up via a doubleheader Sunday, while Cole will start Saturday's contest, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. The veteran right-hander hasn't allowed a run over his past two starts with a 15:3 K:BB across 12.2 innings.
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