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The 28-year-old Cole allowed a season-high five runs and surrendered six hits — all of them on fastballs — in six innings.Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston.Cole said his main trouble in the first inning was his inability to get his breaking pitches over the plate.“I was just not able to really find the zone with it and be able to put pressure on them with those offerings,” he said. “You know, I just found myself without leverage and I found myself with traffic, and I had to make some pitches. I did the best I could in those situations, but when you’re facing some of the best hitters in the world http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , they do their job as well.”Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in his first season with Houston after he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh, helping the World Series champion Astros return to the playoffs with a second straight AL West title.He was terrific in the AL Division Series against Cleveland, striking out 12 while pitching seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory in Game 2. He joined Hall of Famer Tom Seaver as the only players to strike out at least 12 without walking a batter in the postseason.He had a completely different performance against the high-scoring Red Sox.Looking amped and jittery, Cole allowed his first run on his sixth pitch of the game. Mookie Betts drove his 3-1 pitch off the wall in center, and Andrew Benintendi followed with an RBI single.After J.D. Martinez lined to second, Cole picked up Xander Bogaerts’ bouncer in front of the mound and threw wildly to first for an error. The miscue helped set up Rafael Devers’ RBI single.“I fielded the ball, I checked second,” Cole said. “I felt like I had good footing to throw to Yuli (Gurriel) and the back foot gave out as I was throwing it and I just kind of goosed it.”Houston tried to pick up Cole with two runs in the second and third, but he was unable to hold onto the 4-2 lead.Jackie Bradley Jr. put Boston ahead to stay with a three-run double off the Green Monster with two out in the third. Cole walked Devers on four pitches and struck out Ian Kinsler swinging before Bradley’s big blow.“I was having a little bit of trouble that inning trying to field my way through the strike zone,” Cole said. “I felt that after I had got the count back to 2-1 that I was going to just try to execute a fastball down and away. I executed it down http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , but it creeped over the plate too much which I guess gave him enough barrel to be able to just put it right on the wall down there.”After Boston took its 5-4 lead, Cole struck out Christian Vazquez to end the inning and retired his next nine batters before he was lifted from just his third career start at Fenway.Cole was 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in four career playoff starts coming into the night. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar took another big step in his comeback, and his family was in the stands to see it.Farquhar struck out two and walked one during a scoreless inning Sunday in his first simulated game for the New York Yankees since collapsing in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20.The right-hander was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage and had surgery the next day. He was hospitalized until May 7.“Extraordinarily successful being the fact that I wasn’t thinking about anything besides striking everybody out,” Farquhar said. “I wasn’t thinking about my helmet hat, I wasn’t thinking about anything else. My focus was what it’s been in the past. Just create swings and misses. That’s what I call normal.”The 32-year-old Farquhar is using a specially designed protective cap which includes Kevlar and foam.His wife, Lexie, and children Madison (7), Landon (3) and Liam (1) took in the game from the third base side of an empty Steinbrenner Field.“I saw them while I was warming up,” Farquhar said. “We talked about it. I told them I wanted them to be in the stands. Just to see my family http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , my kids so happy and just enjoying themselves, it gives me that extra boost of energy.”Madison and Landon ran after fouls hit into the seats.“They got all the balls,” a laughing Farquhar said.Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Farquhar will have another simulated game later this week.“The attitude he has about everything is, I think it’s good for everybody to see,” Rothschild said. “It’s kind of special.”Farquhar struck out and walked Giovanny Urshela, and got a strikeout and fly against Francisco Diaz.“Super encouraging to actually have batters with lots of coaches around that aren’t trying to swing and miss just to bolster my confidence,” Farquhar said. “They’re trying to impress coaches for their careers, too. So, to see guys step in the box and want to hit a home run off you and have that success that I had today, it’s in the positive direction.”All the outs came on 1-2 pitches. He threw 12 of 19 pitches for strikes.Farquhar was not cleared to pitch again in 2018 Ivan Rodriguez Jersey , became a free agent after the season and signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.“To have the team support in here is incredible,” Farquhar said. “I feel it 100 percent from all my teammates.”Farquhar has pitched in 253 games over seven big league seasons, going 10-15 with a 3.39 ERA and 18 saves for Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2016-17) and the White Sox (2017-18).Farquhar was 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in eight innings over eight games last year,