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New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole talks possibility of tipping pitches 

NEW YORK – Among all AL pitchers last season, Gerrit Cole had the 10th best ratio of home runs per nine innings, at 1.229.

Cole was even better in 2018, with the fourth-best ratio (0.854) among AL pitchers.

But in his first season with the Yankees, Cole leads the league with 12 homers yielded in 46 innings. At least one batter has homered against him in all eight starts this year.

And over his last three starts, Cole has surrendered seven home runs in 16.2 innings.

Lately, “whenever I’m over the plate, the hitter’s very certain of what’s coming,’’ said Cole, after the Tampa Bay Rays belted two more homers against him in Monday night’s 5-3 Rays win at Yankee Stadium.

Which leads to the possibility he might be tipping some pitches.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole reacts on the mound after allowing a two-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Ji-Man Choi during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Generally speaking, “I think (pitchers) all pretty much tip every game, one way or another,’’ Cole said. It is the frequency that differs from start to start.

Cole was coming off an Aug. 26 start at Atlanta in which he gave up a season-high three home runs. That night, the Braves had five hits against him in five innings, four of them extra-base hits.

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