Top spot: Cole leads Yanks against former Astros

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The Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14 ERA) faces his former team when New York host the Houston Astros in Game Three of a four-game series between the two biggest teams in Major League Soccer.

Cole went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 starts for Houston from 2018-19 before signing a $324 million nine-year contract with New York. He formed two All-Star teams with the Astros and helped them reach the World Championships in 2019, when he led the majors with 326 aces and finished second in the AL Cy Young award vote. He’s faced Houston twice since leaving, including three hits on the road last season.

The right-hander received an unsuccessful eighth inning Monday night in Tampa Bay before the Isaac Paredes song. Hit 12 and walked three.

Christian Javier (4-3, 3.07) Courts for Houston.

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Royals Mask’s Salvador Perez underwent surgery on his left thumb on Friday and is expected to need eight weeks to recover.

The 32-year-old missed nine games with a sprained left thumb earlier this season, then left a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday with a similar problem. The operation repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.

A seven-time All-Star, Perez made his career worst .211 with 11 home runs after a year driving the majors with 48 homers and 121 RBI.

October rematch

Max Fried (7-2, 2.77 ERA) starts the Atlanta Braves World Championship against Tria Turner, Freddy Freeman and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in another match in the last two NL Championship games.

Fried, who attended high school in Los Angeles, was 0-2 in four playoffs as well as four relief games for the 2018 post-season against the Dodgers.

Mitch White (1-1, 3.86) on Los Angeles Hill.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays will miss coach Guillermo Martinez’s injury for the second day in a row in Milwaukee.

Martinez was suspended for five games Friday and fined by Major League Baseball for his confrontation with referee Doug Eddings. The coach was disciplined by MLB Senior Vice President Michael Hill for making contact with the Eddings and what the MLB called unsportsmanlike behavior while exchanging squad cards before Wednesday’s game at the Chicago White Sox.

The 37-year-old Martinez began his commentary service when the Blue Jays played for the Brewers on Friday night.

Minor League Max

Right-handed Mets Max Scherzer will not play for New York this weekend despite some hope earlier this week that he might be off the injured list on Sunday.

The three-time winner of the Cy Young Award since May 19 has been disqualified due to a slash strain. The 37-year-old Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million free agent contract with the Mets at the Offisson, was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts before going to IL.

Scherzer began rehab at Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, throwing 65 throws in 3 1/3 runs. He allowed two runs, three hits, one walked and six hits.

There has been speculation that his next start on Sunday could come with the big league team, but he is likely heading to another minor league outing.

“He could still do Sunday shows for someone, but it wouldn’t be us,” said coach Buck Showalter. “We’ll see how it feels in the next day or two to decide what happens next.”

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