Gerrit Cole fighting off illness before next Yankees start

TAMPA — According to manager Aaron Boone, Gerrit Cole was ill on Monday but felt better Tuesday.

“He was sick [Monday] but he came in [Tuesday] and he is feeling better. He was actually there for most of the game, in the dugout,’’ Boone said.

Cole is scheduled to start against the Tigers in Lakeland on Thursday, when Montgomery will follow him.

Miguel Andujar’s cram course in left field continued Tuesday when he made one putout on a high liner that carried a bit further than he originally thought thanks to the wind.

“He looks the part. His reads are real good and he is breaking on the ball properly, catching the ball with an ease out there and continues to be confident he will be able to do it,’’ Boone said of Andujar, who went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera and Alfonso Soriano joined the list of guest instructors at Yankee camp that already included Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez.

Projected No. 2 starter Masahiro Tanaka breezed through a very watered-down Red Sox lineup. In three innings Tanaka didn’t give up a hit and struck out five of 10 hitters. John Andreoli was the only runner to reach base, doing so on third baseman Gio Urshela’s throwing error with two outs in the third.

The first inning took a laborious 39 minutes to complete because two Red Sox pitchers gave up six runs. That set the tone for a 3-hour, 9-minute sleeping pill. Here is an idea for MLB: 2-hour, 15-minute spring training games or seven innings — whichever comes first.

With Miguel Andujar learning to play left field, Gio Urshela is considered the Opening Day third baseman, but Andujar still has time to recapture the position. Tuesday, Urshela homered and made an error. Andujar, who will likely get some DH at-bats, went 1-for-3.

J.A. Happ will start for the Yankees on Wednesday night against the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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