LEADING OFF: Cole-McCullers, Willie Mays’ 90th birthday

Gerrit Cole starts against Houston on Thursday for the first time since leaving the Astros for a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees before the 2020 season. He’ll face friend and former teammate Lance McCullers Jr. when the American League powers wrap up their three-game series in a New York matinee. Willie Mays turns 90. He is the oldest living Hall of Famer. A New York and San Francisco Giants great who finished his career with the New York Mets, he had 660 home runs and 3,283 hits with a .302 average and 1,903 RBIs from 1951-73.