ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0.
Cole scattered four hits and has five starts this season of at least 10 strikeouts and no walks to break Mike Mussina’s single-season team record set in 2001.
He struck out all three batters in his final inning. COVID-19 protocols impacted the Yankees for the second straight day.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of the lineup as a precaution lineup as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coach and support staff reached seven.