"I thought it was a good first step," Colon said through an
interpreter. "I'm going to continue working hard and see what
The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the Chicago White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts.
Colon went 21-8 for the Angels in 2005 and won the AL Cy Young
Award, but he is 14-21 since.
The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honor former team owner
George Steinbrenner, who died last July at the age of 80. This
marked the Yankees' first spring training game at George
Steinbrenner Field since his death.
Steinbrenner's wife, Joan, and the couple's two daughters -
Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Jessica Steinbrenner - placed
roses on the interlocking N.Y. behind home plate. Steinbrenner's
granddaughter, Haley Swindal, sang the national anthem.
"Since his passing last summer, the support and compassion
shown to us by countless others has brought us great comfort, and
today was another example of it," the Steinbrenner family said in
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner also took
part. Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, George Steinbrenner's oldest
son, missed the event because of an illness.
Spring training instructors, including Yogi Berra, Rich
"Goose" Goosage and David Wells, were introduced before the game.
Reggie Jackson, who had back problems over the winter, missed the
spring training opener, but he is scheduled to join the team before
camp ends. ... Phillies 2B Chase Utley (sore legs) didn't play. ...
New York C Russell Martin (knee) is set to DH on Monday. ...
Yankees INF Jorge Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the batter's eye
in center field during the seventh inning.
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