Colon isn’t half-bad in first outing

If you believe the radar guns, Bartolo Colon was touching 94 mph today in his first Spring Training appearance, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Colon needed 26 pitches to finish two innings, allowing two hits (one a homer) and a walk. He did escape a first-inning jam, showed pretty good velocity, and his control seemed okay, which is what you want in a first outing. Theo seemed to like what he saw, anyway.

Kyle Snyder threw two perfect frames and Javier Lopez added one more, while Hideki Okajima and Bryan Corey turned in solid one-inning stints as well.

Newly acquired starter Matt Garza was impressive for the Rays, throwing four and two-thirds scoreless innings against a good Sox lineup. Brandon Moss homered in the 9th and Alex Cora contributed two hits, but the Sox largely failed to get on base much, drawing just two walks on the afternoon. Dusty Brown and George Kottaras were a combined 0-4 with three strikeouts in the wake of Doug Mirabelli‘s sudden release from the team today.


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