Friday, February 23, 2018
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Mets' Colon, 42, becomes oldest to hit first homer

SAN DIEGO — Mets RHP Bartolo Colon became the oldest player to hit his first major-league home run, connecting Saturday night less than three weeks before his 43rd birthday.

Colon launched a two-run shot in the second inning off Padres and former Rays RHP James Shields. The impressive drive hit the lower balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the leftfield corner at Petco Park to give New York a 4-0 lead.

The game had not ended by press time.

LHP Randy Johnson was the oldest to finally hit a home run before Colon, hitting his only homer shortly after turning 40 in 2003.

Colon watched the ball all the way and didn't toss his bat until he was well more than halfway to first base. Colon, who is listed at 285 pounds, took about 30 seconds to round the bases.

When he returned to the dugout, his teammates were hiding in the tunnel before coming out to mob him.

Colon hasn't had to worry about his hitting. He won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award while with the Angels and is a three-time All-Star.

Before his home run, he was a career .089 hitter in 225 at-bats, striking out 119 times. He usually swings hard, and his helmet often falls off in the process.

ROYALS LOSE ALL-STAR: The Royals put 3B Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb, another setback for the team's sputtering offense. Moustakas originally was hurt April 26 while tagging out the Angels' C.J. Cron. Moustakas, who is batting .258 with a .314 on-base percentage and a team-high .536 slugging percentage in 25 games, said he hopes to return shortly after he is eligible to be activated.

DODGERS: RHP Mike Bolsinger (strained left oblique) began his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

RANGERS: RHP A.J. Griffin left in the third inning with stiffness in his throwing shoulder, snapping a streak of 33 starts in which he'd completed at least five innings. … Free agent OF Drew Stubbs signed, and OF Josh Hamilton was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

REDS: RH reliever J.J. Hoover, who had a 14.34 ERA in 12 games and had lost his closer's job, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville, and RHP Drew Hayes was recalled from the Bats.

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