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Bartolo Colon made his first official start of the spring for the Mets on Monday. He faced 18 batters in four innings, gave up five hits, three runs and struck out one hitter.

"I was happy I was able to locate my pitches and pitch well," Colon said after the game (Bergen Record, Mar. 11). "I'm in line and I feel good."

Colon again relied on his fastball, which sat around 90 mph most of the afternoon.

Colon is fun to watch. The things he can do with his fastball are impressive. He changes speeds, uses different grips, gets a variety of movement, and he has presence on the mound and command of the game. I also like how he walks in what is seemingly slow-motion off the mound at the end of the inning. No rush, it's his game. It's all on his clock.

However, it's obvious that Terry Collins will have to play his best defense on days Colon starts, which is all the more reason why Juan Lagares needs to be on the roster and in center field at least every fifth day... The ball is going to be in play a lot.

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