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>This is a NY Post story. Since it’s old news today in Florida, I don’t mind
using it here. Though I usually merely print blurbs and use a link back
to original sources. DWhite

Colon will get first spring start for Yankees

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4:46 PM, February 22, 2011 ι By GEORGE A. KING III

TAMPA — Bartolo Colon will start for the Yankees against the Phillies on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in the opening exhibition game.
Colon was chosen because he pitched in the Dominican Republic Winter League.
“He is probably more ready than the other guys even if it’s a day or two,’’ Girardi said of the veteran right-hander who is in camp on a minor-league deal and competing for the fourth or fifth spots in the rotation.
Colon said, “I am very happy and very excited to pitch in the first game and I am ready to pitch.’
Ivan Nova, an early favorite to land one of the two spots, will start Sunday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. He will be followed by CC Sabathia, who threw a bullpen session Tuesday; A.J. BurnettPhil Hughes; and Freddy Garcia.
Sergio Mitre, another candidate, will work in the bullpen the first time through, according to Girardi.
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Girardi, asked about Mark Prior’s early-morning batting practice session, said, “I thought he threw the ball OK’’ then expressed his pleasure with all his pitchers.
“I am happy with the guys throwing bullpens as a group,’’ Girardi said.
Prior, who hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2006 and didn’t pitch at all in 2007, 2008 and 2009 due to shoulder problems, is competing for a spot in the bullpen.
“The biggest thing we will see here is how his body holds up and see how he feels,’’ Girardi said of the former Cubs star.
If Prior doesn’t land in the bullpen, there could be innings for him at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A).
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