"I feel happy", Colon said through an interpreter after the game.
A four-time All-Star, Colon made his major-league debut in 1997 and the Twins will be his 10th major-league team. Judge singled his next time up, and Colon exited with four earned runs after four innings and change, somehow raising his already massive ERA.
Over the course of his 14 starts as a member of the aforementioned Braves, Colon strung together a whopping 8.14 ERA alongside a lopsided 2-8 record. "His ability to command the baseball was really impressive to me".
Then came the biggest boost of all.
When Colon was signed a couple weeks ago, we would be far more excited and focused on those stats than his punchline appearance if he was twenty-something and thin.
"Bartolo Colon told me that he has been considering retirement and that his next start against the Dodgers could be a determining factor in making a decision", Rivera wrote on Wednesday afternoon".
It was Colon 514th major league start and the Twins were the Dominican pitcher's 10th big-league club. The 25-year-old native of Mexico was recalled from Triple-A to fill in, his fourth start of the season for the Yankees, with Monday starter Bryan Mitchell sent down to make room.
That pitch was part of a 1-2-3 first inning for Colon, but he quickly showed that the early magic was too good to be true. "He walked three guys in the first inning and hit one and only gave up a run?" He gave up four runs and eight hits and was pulled in the 5th inning after failing to record to out as the Yankees rallied for a 6-3 win.
He's still a circus clown, but this isn't his first rodeo, and as the Strib's Jim Souhan wrote, the Twins could use a veteran personality in the clubhouse, a la Torii Hunter in 2015, the only other season since 2010 the Twins have been in a playoff hunt in July.
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