Spin rate down, Cole struggles with grip on windy night in Buffalo

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — His spin rate down, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said he had difficulty gripping baseballs on a windy night as he beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.

Cole’s fastball spin rate averaged 2,342 revolutions per minute Wednesday, according to the MLB Statcast.

That’s down from 2,496 on June 9; 2,439 on June 3, 2,529 on May 28 and 2,544 on May 22.

Major League Baseball started talking June 3 of a crackdown on use of illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs and told teams on Tuesday that pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games for violations starting Monday.

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