Cole K’s 12 in eight innings, Yankees beat Rays 1-0

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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.

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