Twins add veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to roster

Bartolo Colon Briefly Humbles A Younger, Larger Foe

The 44-year-old Colón was released earlier this month by the Atlanta Braves and picked up by the Twins, the tenth team the pitcher affectionately known as "Big Sexy" has started a game for. "And it played. They had some pretty amusing swings the first couple times around, trying to figure out the best approach".

Colon has 235 career victories in the major leagues.

During Colon's Tuesday night Twins debut against the Yankees, he showed that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, particularly in the first inning when the wily vet squared off against Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge. "But like I said, it could've turned out better, that's for sure".

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He posted pedestrian final stats against one of baseball's most powerful lineups, which is 4th in MLB in runs and 7th in both average and home runs, and the Yankees continued to prove their potency against Colon's replacement, the surging Ryan Pressley, who had been fantastic in his four prior outings (5 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 walks). Then things snowballed on him in the fifth, when he lost command of his fastball, the pitch he threw about 90 percent of the time.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he fully expects Colon to make his next start Monday against the Dodgers. Of the 22 homers, 17 have come off right-handed pitchers. "He had handled Sanchez pretty well his first couple of at-bats, but he got down on a sinker and hooked it into the corner". He left to a standing ovation with no outs in the fateful fifth, despite the lackluster box score line in the end. Brian Dozier tripled home a run, Miguel Sano scorched a pitch 420 feet into the bullpens for another, and the Yankees walked in a run.

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