April 17, 2021

‘Really good’ Gerrit Cole changes tone on new MLB baseballs (New York Post)

TAMPA — After expressing concern about getting a feel for the new baseballs MLB is using this season, Gerrit Cole said there wasn’t much difference from what he’s accustomed to in his first start of the spring Monday.

Asked if he could tell a difference, the right-hander said, “Not a whole lot. … I didn’t notice anything.”

Gary Sanchez agreed.

“I haven’t noticed any change at all,’’ Sanchez said through an interpreter after blasting a massive homer in the Yankees 5-4, seven-inning win over Detroit at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “If you hit the ball well and find the barrel, it’s gonna travel well.”

While the ball felt fine to Cole, his results in his first action of the spring were mixed, but he was unconcerned after allowing a run on three hits in a 28-pitch inning in which he threw 15 strikes.

“I was comfortable out there, trying to settle into some pitches,’’ Cole said. “My location wasn’t quite where it should be.”

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He added he came out of the outing “feeling good” physically and he’d look to “clean up” his pitching line in his next outing, which Aaron Boone said would…

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