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The Yankees make their first visit to Fenway Park of the season with Gerrit Cole looking to make the best of the Red Soxos at the end

The Yankees Make Their First Visit To Fenway Park Of The Season With Gerrit Cole Looking To Make The Best Of The Red Soxos At The End

BOSTON – The Yankees are making their first trip to Fenway this season. And for Gerrit Cole, who is about to start the first of the four-match series, it’s a return to the scene of one of his biggest flops. The Yankees Ace exploded last October in an American League wild card game against the Red Sox, ending the Bombers season at home to their biggest rivals.

“I mean it stays with you like all the losses ending your season,” Cole said. “Yeah, I mean it’s weird that we haven’t come back. We played them early, so I guess it’s another series there. I’m going to be here longer. So we play a lot of series in Boston. So looking forward to getting back out there and getting behind the ball and starting the series off right. And putting that wild card behind us.”

The Yankees enter Fenway with the best record in baseball and a 14-game lead over the Red Sox and Rays in the American League East, so nothing is going to decide this weekend. However, it will be a test for the Yankees. He last saw the Red Sox three months ago after early spring training over a busy opening weekend due to owners’ lockdown. The Bombers took two of the three wickets in that series.

“Obviously they’ve changed things after that first month or so as well as where they were struggling a little bit,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “They are starting to play as they are; A really good offensive team that does really great things. they’ll probably slowly start to bring some people back [from injuries]Is this [Nate] iovaldi and [Chris] Sales and those people can clearly be a game-changer. they’re gonna get [Garrett] Whitlock back in his bullpen. So it is not surprising that he is playing well and is back in the middle of the race.

“I think they’re just returning the back of their baseball card.”

So is Cole, making his 17th start of the season after a poor start to the season with a 2.99 ERA and 1.007 WHIP.

But the Red Sox have never been kind to the Yankees ace, so this will be a test for Cole as well.

The Red Sox took on the Yankees’ $324 million ace last season. He allowed 15 earned runs in 24 innings against the Red Sox for an ugly injury of 5.63 ERA. The enduring image of Cole’s 2021 season will be that he left the mound at Fenway, after Red Sox fans taunted him after conceding two home runs and recording just six outs in a wild card defeat. Overall, Fenway has not been kind to Cole, who is 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA there.

He conceded three off four hits against him and did not decide in the Opening Day walk-off victory.

He said he understands the Red Sox has improved since then and is up to the challenge of taking them to an unfriendly ballpark.

“We played better than we did in the beginning and kept doing our job,” Cole said. “Obviously they have a lot of talent out there and are very knowledgeable regardless of their record. You know it’s going to be a dangerous club by the summer so it challenges me. Besides them being really good – And the Walls love to be there at the shortstop – there’s an electric atmosphere and it’s fun to be there. They’re always bringing energy all the time.”

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