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Bartolo Colon was actually pretty decent last night

Mar 5, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Colon works from the mound against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League spring training baseball game in Tampa, Florida

Bartolo Colon was so-so in his spring debut last Saturday against the Phillies, but he actually looked pretty good against the Red Sox last night, striking out five over three scoreless innings.

The Red Sox didn’t bring most of their regulars since they were on the road — so that means no Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia or Kevin Youkilis, among others — but it was still an impressive outing for the 37-year-old right-hander. He threw 35 out of 43 pitches for strikes, sat in the low 90s with his fastball and had good movement on his pitches.

Colon made an important statement last night, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told George A. King III of the New York Post that the competition has just begun.

“It’s going to take time,” Cashman said. “I know New York doesn’t have patience, but I am from Kentucky.”

Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Sergio Mitre — the other candidates for the final two rotation spots — have combined for nine scoreless innings so far this spring.

  1. beantownsports247 - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Pretty pathetic the Yankees started much of their predicted opening day starters and the red sox had a bunch of prospects playing and the Red Sox still won . Yes it is only spring training , but still you can’t be feeling good if you were playing on the yankees last night n got owned by a bunch of kids . Aside from the Colon did pitch a decent few innings , who knows if those innings would have been good if he was going against the Sox starters . We will see soon .

    • cap324 - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      c’mon son.

    • JBerardi - Mar 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      I’m a huge Sox fan, but come on. The Yankees starters mailed it in because… they’re the Yankees starters. They’re on the field to take their hacks and not get themselves hurt. The Sox prospects, meanwhile, are actually fighting for roster spots and/or better minor league assignments. Look at the catch Josh Reddick made last night. You’re not going to get that from your established players in early march, nor should you.

    • bigharold - Mar 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      “Pretty pathetic the Yankees started much of their predicted opening day starters …. n got owned by a bunch of kids”

      Winning is always better than losing which is why score is kept even in spring training but seriously? Are you aware what the purpose of spring training? You new to baseball or something?

  2. beantownsports247 - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Pretty pathetic the Yankees started much of their predicted opening day starters and the red sox had a bunch of prospects playing and the Red Sox still won . Yes it is only spring training , but still you can’t be feeling good if you were playing on the yankees last night n got owned by a bunch of kids . Aside from that Colon did pitch a decent few innings , who knows if those innings would have been good if he was going against the Sox starters . We will see soon .

  3. yankeesfanlen - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Thought that Colon still has the stuff to be one of two to round out the rotation. The prospective pitchers have all been okay except Logan last night. Our fielding has been sloppier than expected but the late innings are a bunch of no-names anyway.

  4. uyf1950 - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    So far all three pitchers the Yankees signed to minor league deals with invites have looked pretty good. Garcia the other night, Colon last night and Prior in relief. Going to be interesting over the next 3 weeks or so. To be honest I’m pleasantly surprised. That along with Burnett’s nice showing, who knows. Small steps in a long journey, but welcome steps none the less.
    One side comment about beantowns post. It’s nice to see a Boston fan still pounding his chest just a few games into spring training when the games mean absolutely nothing.

    • cap324 - Mar 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      there’s a piece on si.com that shows that Garcia and Burnett have been better than Beckett over their last 30 starts.

      hmmm.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        I’ve seen it. I’ve also read a piece the other day on MSN sports that compares Burnett’s career numbers to Beckett career numbers and that say with the exception of wins/loses their career numbers are very, very similar. I don’t think there is as much a difference in the 2 as Red Sox fans would like people to think. In any case this year will be very telling, since both pitchers were extremely disappointing to say the least in 2010.

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      As you know, the worse the Yankees seem to do in spring training, the better they come out during the season. A real good sign was the Astros game with a rally in the ninth, albeit with the Astrosd 8th (and last available) pitcher of the game. Masrin was very strong in that one.

    • pisano - Mar 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      uyf1950 …good point about beanstowns comment, it shows he’s leery of the Bombers. If he was watching MLB’s game this morning he should be real proud of the 101 million dollar bust (dice-k) what a loser this guy is. He got his ass kicked around as usual. They only have two starters that they can really count on. They are basically in the same boat as the Yankees pitching wise.The big difference is the bull pen that’s where the Yankees have everyone looking up at them.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        I don’t think any fan should read to much into any of these very early spring training games. Most of the established pitchers this early in spring training try and work on things.
        Having said that though I think (just my opinion) that Sox fans and the obviously over exuberant beantownsports247 in the case of Dice K should be concerned. Not so much because of his less then stellar performances in 3 out of his 4 years with the club although that would be reason enough. But equally so because he has a permanent reservation on the DL sometime during each season.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 5, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I am pleased that the Yankees Colon looked decent last night. Hanky probably would have complained if their Colon looked indecent.

  6. uyf1950 - Mar 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    To beantownsports247 – Let me be one of the first to congratulate you. In Boston’s first split squad game today (Saturday) against the Marlins they got that is the Sox got a good old fashion country whopping 11-2. Need I mention that while not all of the expected first string starters played for the Red Sox many did such as Youkillis, Pedoria, Ortiz, Scutaro and Salty. Not to say anything of the pitchers in today’s game Dice K, Bard, Jenks and Crapelbon (I really do like that nickname some gave him). So etiher the Marlins are an awfully lot better then anyone thinks (which I doubt) or the Sox may not be as good as you think. That is, unless you have a different perspective of the Sox loss today as compared to the Yankees loss yesterday.
    Personally I wouldn’t place to much importance in any of the games this early in spring training, but you apparently have a different way of looking at it at least you did yesterday.

    • pisano - Mar 5, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      He’ll (beantown)probably never be heard from again.Like you said these games don’t mean anything except for the teams to determine which of these players go north. I guess our boy doesn’t understand this.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 5, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        pisano, my friend. I think he understands it. But I think he’s just one of those fans (Red Sox fans) that likes to see his posts in print. Most, especially here on this site are intelligent and thoughtful bloggers. Some like beantown just like to make waves.

  7. pisano - Mar 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Well said partner.

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