Colon Strong for Texas

By The Associated Press

Bartolo Colon could always throw strikes. Two months shy of turning 45, he still can.

Colon filled up the strike zone Thursday in his spring training debut for Texas, a two-inning start against San Diego.

The portly right-hander gave up two hits, including a home run by Wil Myers, struck out Chase Headley looking and walked none. He threw 23 of 32 pitches for strikes, and his fastball was mostly in the mid-80s mph range.

“I feel well and I’m throwing strikes,” he said. “I’m happy with the way I feel. All I need to do is keep working hard and then it’s up to them.”

AROUND THE

GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES

ASTROS 10, RED SOX 5

Charlie Morton pitched two shutout innings in his first action since closing out Game 7 of the World Series.

ORIOLES 5, RAYS 2

Tampa Bay reliever Jonny Venters pitched his second scoreless inning of the spring. The 32-year-old lefty has been out of the majors since 2012 while recovering from three Tommy John surgeries.

YANKEES 6

PHILLIES 4

Miguel Andujar hit two more home runs a day before turning 23 years old. The New York third baseman has four homers this spring and is 6 for 14 (.429). CC Sabathia struck out three in two perfect innings in his spring debut. Aaron Altherr homered for Philadelphia.

MARLINS 3, METS 2

Jason Vargas allowed a run on three hits in two innings in his first start for New York. Closer Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning. Miami’s top pitching prospect, Sandy Alcantara, gave up one run and four hits in a three-inning start.

NATIONALS 6

BRAVES (SS) 2

A.J. Cole allowed two hits and struck out three in a two-inning scoreless start for Washington. Nick Markakis went 2 for 2 and scored for Atlanta.

TWINS 3

CARDINALS 3

9 INNINGS

Adam Wainwright gave up two hits and three walks but no runs in two innings in his first appearance for St. Louis. Marcell Ozuna homered for the Cardinals.

BRAVES (SS) 5

TIGERS 2

Nicholas Castellanos hit his second spring homer and Victor Martinez had his first for Detroit.

PIRATES 4

BLUE JAYS 1

Top prospect Austin Meadows hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh and Sean Rodriguez added a solo shot. Pirates closer Felipe Rivero pitched the fourth inning and allowed a hit with two strikeouts in his first spring appearance.

ROYALS 4

MARINERS 3

Jorge Soler swatted his third home run of the spring as Kansas City rallied and improved to 5-0, the only unbeaten team in the majors this spring.

ROCKIES 2

CUBS 2, 9 INNINGS

DJ LeMahieu had two hits for Colorado. Slimmed-up slugger Kyle Schwarber was 0 for 3 and struck out twice for Chicago.

BREWERS 6

DIAMONDBACKS 1

Wade Miley, hoping to crack Milwaukee’s rotation, struck out five over 2 1/3 shutout innings. Arizona starter Zack Godley threw three scoreless innings.

INDIANS 8, DODGERS 7

Abraham Almonte drove in two runs for Cleveland. Los Angeles left fielder Matt Kemp went 1 for 3. Kemp, who played his first nine years for the Dodgers, is back with them after spending the past three seasons with San Diego and Atlanta.

ANGELS 11, GIANTS 4

Los Angeles starter J.C. Ramirez allowed one hit in two shutout innings. San Francisco newcomer Evan Longoria got his first hit of the spring. Giants starter threw three shutout innings.

PADRES 9

RANGERS (SS) 9

9 INNINGS

Delino DeShields had two hits and Shin-Soo Choo added a RBI double for Texas. Christian Villanueva hit a grand slam for San Diego.

REDS 8, WHITE SOX 7

Eugenio Suarez went 3 for 3 with a double and his replacement, Cliff Pennington, went 2 for 2 for Cincinnati. Reynaldo Lopez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in two innings for Chicago.

RANGERS (SS) 9

ATHLETICS 4

Khris Davis hit a grand slam, his second home run in as many days, for Oakland. Texas prospect Willie Calhoun had two hits, including a homer.

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