Cole Sharp in Return From COVID-19, Yanks Top Angels 2-1

NEW YORK—Ten or so days ago, Gerrit Cole was playing catch with his wife, Amy, hoping his body would bounce back from COVID-19 quickly enough for him to help the Yankees soon. Unsure how much he had in the tank, Cole’s first pitch on Aug. 16 to Shohei Ohtani was 99 mph. The rest were plenty good, too. Cole pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning and struck out nine in his return from the COVID-19 injured list, and Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer as New York beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1. New York has won 10 of 13 and pulled within two games of Boston for an AL wild-card spot. The Yankees open a three-game series against the rival Red Sox with a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 17. Cole (11-6) went 5 2/3 innings, the only damage against him coming on Justin Upton’s homer in the first. …

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