TAMPA, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain mopped the sweat from his face with his pinstriped jersey as he walked off the field on Saturday, his perfect inning of work complete.
There were no fist-pumps this time, not after a Grapefruit League appearance in the third inning, but there could have easily been a sigh of relief after his bullpen session inspired little confidence.
"It felt like I was throwing bowling balls, to be perfectly honest with you," Chamberlain said. "When I was warming up, it was like, 'These are coming out like grenades; this isn't good.'"
You couldn't tell by the results. Chamberlain needed 11 pitches (nine strikes) to power through three Phillies hitters, striking out one. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team clocked Chamberlain at 93-94 mph.
"It's a good sign for me," Chamberlain said. "It obviously means I'm getting out front and my delivery is better than what it has been.
"So I'm excited about that, and I was able to pitch off my fastball, which sometimes I get away from. It's early, it's your first one, but there are always things you can take away until the end of the season."
Chamberlain said that one major difference is that he has moved his hands from his chest back to his belt before his windup. It reduces movement during his motion and is closer to what he did when he was called up in 2007.
"The important thing is if he feels comfortable with that," catcher Francisco Cervelli said. "He looks better. His arm is a little quicker right now, but we've got to keep working, because it's a long Spring Training. The games are when you see if it's good or not."
Yanks take positives from Colon's debut
TAMPA, Fla. -- It was in winter ball that Bartolo Colon unknowingly began auditioning for the Yankees' rotation, pitching well enough in the Dominican Republic to merit an invitation to Spring Training.
Francisco Cervelli would catch Colon's first spring start for the Yankees, and he had been watching on television as Colon flashed a strong sinker to mow down hitters for Tony Pena's Aguilas Cibaenas club.
Cervelli didn't see that same pitch from Colon on Saturday, as the 37-year-old right-hander allowed a run in two innings, but that only encourages Cervelli that Colon can be better than he was against the Phillies in Saturday's 5-4 Yankees loss.
"If I tell you guys that the sinker is not there, it's because I saw him on TV and he's got a good one," Cervelli said.
Not everything was perfect, but for the first time out, Colon was pleased with the results.
"I feel that I'm real close," Colon said through an interpreter. "In the Dominican, I really feel that I was right there on my game."
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he saw Colon -- who has not pitched in the Majors since 2009 -- able to locate his fastball and keep the ball down in the zone.
"He did what we expected he would do," Girardi said. "It's pretty much the Bartolo that I knew -- a strike-throwing machine. He's going to pitch down in the zone, he's going to use his fastball a lot. That's what I remembered."
In the first inning, Colon retired Philadelphia around a Ross Gload single, and he allowed a run in the second as Ben Francisco laced a flat sinker to right-center field for a triple -- a ball that Nick Swisher could not cut off.
After a walk, Francisco would score on a double-play ball, and a groundout completed Colon's 36-pitch appearance.
"I think a guy like Bartolo, they know their job," Cervelli said. "He pitched really well in winter ball, but it's still early. You have to have his pitches and then try to make the team. They know they can do it."
The focus will have to continue, as Colon figures to engage with Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Freddy Garcia in a competition that could go all camp long.
"I felt good," Colon said. "I'll just keep making pitches, and let's see what happens."
Yankees coaches host Orlando youth clinic
TAMPA, Fla. -- George M. Steinbrenner's generosity was often seen in his adopted hometown of Tampa, Fla., and on the day the Yankees honored his memory at their spring facility, the organization also made a charitable gesture up the highway.
Several Yankees coaches and Minor Leaguers traveled to the Orlando, Fla., area on Saturday, holding a free baseball workshop for an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 youths, drawing from a variety of age groups.
The two-hour clinic included drills in all facets of the game and a session with noted Yankees scout Cesar Presbott.
"These kinds of things are the ones that I think we should definitely push more," said Yankees executive vice president and chief international officer Felix Lopez. "The kids themselves see and look up to a franchise that is second to none.
"Having them there, participating in events that are similar to this, reaching out to the community -- it's what the Yankees have been all about, starting with Mr. Steinbrenner."
Backup first baseman Jorge Vazquez belted a long two-run homer off Brian Schlitter in the seventh inning that had the Yankees buzzing. "He can swing the bat, there's no doubt about that," manager Joe Girardi said of Vazquez, who cleared the batter's eye in center field. ... Mark Teixeira was hit on the right foot by a Cole Hamels pitch in his first at-bat on Saturday. Teixeira played with a broken pinky toe after being hit by the A's Vin Mazzaro last Aug. 31. Teixeira said he was fine after Saturday's plunking. ... Francisco Cervelli said he "killed the gym" during a two-month stay with Robinson Cano in the Dominican Republic this winter and was rewarded with an RBI double in his first Grapefruit League at-bat. ... Andrew Brackman, sidelined with groin tightness, will be examined by the Yankees' medical staff on Sunday and could resume throwing on Monday.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.