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Cole rocked in start against Tigers; Judge not ready to rule out Opening Day; Paxton aiming towards May return; YES Network dropped on YouTube TV

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NY Post | George A. King III: It was a weird day for Gerrit Cole on Thursday, as he got beat by specifically two Tigers hitters. Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera took Cole deep back-to-back twice in two innings of work, tagging him for six runs. Cole otherwise pitched effectively and thought that he executed most of his pitches, which is a decent takeaway considering the games don’t count yet, but he also recognized that he just got beat this time.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Count Aaron Judge among the list of people frustrated with the lack of clarity from the number of tests he’s taken on his aching shoulder and pectoral. Judge said that part of what is making it difficult to determine what’s wrong is that one day he will wake up to soreness from the shoulder, then the next day it’ll be fine and it’ll be the pectoral barking, and vice versa. Still, Judge wouldn’t yet rule out appearing in Opening Day, saying that it would only take him about 30 at-bats to get in line for the season.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Fellow injured Yankee James Paxton does have a timetable for his recovery, but Paxton is feeling optimistic about his return date. Paxton said that he is expecting to start throwing sometime this weekend or next week, and remains hopeful that he can come back ahead of the June target date that GM Brian Cashman has set for him.

NJ.com | Brian Fonseca: Unfortunately, it appears that viewers are down another option for watching Yankees games this year. The YES Network and YouTube TV were unable to come to an agreement to keep the station in play after a temporary extension gave both sides a short negotiating period. YES came out with an aggressive statement afterward, slamming YouTube TV for seeking what it called a “rate well below” market-value. YES has also made it clear that it does not want any national broadcast that includes the Yankees to appear on YouTube TV, attempting to use any leverage they have in this failed agreement.