Former Yankee Bernie Williams ponders return to majors

Former Yankees CF Bernie Williams' appearance in the World Baseball Classic has him thinking about a return to the majors.

Williams, 40, played his 16th and final season in 2006 but never formally retired. He went 0-for-5 with two walks for Puerto Rico in the WBC.

"I felt really good about playing," said Williams, who was in New York to tape an interview for the YES Network's CenterStage program. "I am my worst critic and I didn't feel very bad about it. It took me a while to get acclimated. But after a while, I felt very encouraged."

JETER NICKED: Yankees SS Derek Jeter bruised a knuckle on his left pinkie during a collision at first in the first inning of a 6-4 win over the Braves but stayed in the game. The team said Jeter is fine.

Jays: All in context

DUNEDIN — RHP Scott Richmond didn't appear to improve his chances of making the Blue Jays' starting rotation, but manager Cito Gaston cut him some slack because of a 30-mph wind and a shaky defense.

Richmond, in the mix with LHPs Brad Mills and Ricky Romero for the last two rotation spots, gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits in a four-inning, 80-pitch outing as the Tigers won 5-1.

"Overall, he didn't pitch that bad," Gaston said of Richmond.

"I don't think one start's going to ruin me," Richmond said. "I hope one outing's not the decision maker."

Phils: Ryan goes boom

BRADENTON — Ryan Howard hit a tape-measure home run off Pirates RHP Ian Snell in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 10-4 loss.

Snell left a two-strike fastball over the plate to Howard, who hit a shot over the batter's eye in centerfield that was the longest at McKechnie Field this spring.

"It was a loud crack," Snell said. "The wind helped it, but it still went far. It probably hit someone's car. I've never given up one that went that far."

Howard won't have any trouble remembering his eighth homer of the spring.

"I got it up, and it's kind of windy out there," Howard said. "It kept carrying."

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Former Yankee Bernie Williams ponders return to majors 03/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:09pm]

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