LEADING OFF: Cole goes for 21st in row, Tigers' Mize debuts

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New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Yankees ace Gerrit Cole can set an AL record by winning his 21st consecutive regular season start when New York hosts the AL East rival Rays. Cole’s 20-game run matches Roger Clemens for the best in AL history, and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell holds the major league record at 24. Cole hasn’t lost a decision in the regular season since May 22, 2019, against the White Sox while with Houston.


Angels star Mike Trout saw two fastballs from Shaun Anderson sail near his head in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 8-2 loss to San Francisco, and that caught the attention of both teams.

Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon didn’t see anything malicious in the matchup, but did point to Anderson’s inexperience. the 25-year-old righty was a rookie last year.

“That’s just a young man who’s not ready to be here. That’s all that is,” Maddon said. “That’s why we’ve got to be careful as we move things further along that we don’t bring up guys who aren’t ready to particularly pitch with command because that’s where people can get hurt. That’s got to be watched.’’

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he wanted to get Anderson some work in the ninth because he hadn’t pitched in a while.