Gerrit Cole tagged for back-to-back homers twice against Tigers

Repeat after me: I will not overreact during spring training.

Gerrit Cole gave up back-to-back home runs in each of the first two innings Thursday against the Detroit Tigers in his third start of spring training. After giving up a double to leadoff man Victor Reyes, Cole gave up a homer to Travis Demeritte before Miguel Cabrera clobbered the first pitch he saw to put the Tigers up 3-0.

In the second, Cole surrendered a single to Jake Rogers to open the bottom half, but settled down to get two outs with a strikeout and flyout. Demeritte and Cabrera struck again, with Demeritte’s long ball scoring Rogers and Cabrera going deep for another solo shot and a 6-0 Detroit lead.

The start in Tampa came after Cole felt ill on Monday, though Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was feeling better Tuesday.

The Yankees locked Cole up with a nine-year, $324 million contract in free agency. The deal became the highest annual salary given to a pitcher in MLB history.

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