04/16/11 2:15 PM ET
Free Yanks tickets to Saturday ticket-holders
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Fans with valid tickets for the April 16 game against the Rangers -- regardless of whether they were used to attend the game -- can redeem their ticket for a free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level ticket at Yankee Stadium for another game this season, subject to availability.
Alternatively, fans may choose to use valid tickets for April 16 as a coupon for 50 percent off the purchase price of a ticket in any other non-Suite seating location to another game this season, subject to availability.
The free ticket and coupon offer does not include remaining premium games (the Old-Timers' Day game and all home games played against the Red Sox and Mets).
The Yankees will only accept tickets with valid bar codes for the April 16 game.
Tickets can be redeemed or presented as a coupon at Yankee Stadium ticket windows only starting on Monday at 9:00 a.m. ET (open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and until two hours after the scheduled start time of any regularly scheduled home game).
Patient Molina happy to make Yanks debut
NEW YORK -- Gustavo Molina refused to look at a weather forecast on his way to Yankee Stadium on Saturday, not wanting to fill his mind with any negative thoughts.
This was going to be the day that he finally made his Yankees debut, Molina wanted to believe. And he finally did, squatting behind home plate and catching Freddy Garcia's first pitch against the Rangers.
Molina made the team as a backup catcher out of Spring Training, but because of scheduling quirks and a rainout, he went into Saturday as the only Major Leaguer to make an Opening Day roster and not appear in a game this season.
"It's been kind of long, but it's fun too, because we're winning," Molina said. "That's helped. It's part of the game and part of being a backup. It happens, and it's why you have to get your work in."
Molina, 29, said that he has been working a lot with catching coach Tony Pena to stay sharp. He has caught many bullpen sessions, and he comes out early before batting practice, throwing to the bases and blocking balls.
"You have to, when you can't be in the game. That's all you can do," Molina said. "In Spring Training, you've got a chance to go to the Minor Leagues and get some at-bats or catch some innings. Here, you've got to do whatever you can to be ready."
The Yankees are less concerned with Molina's offense, since they know he doesn't advertise much. He is a .122 career hitter in 41 big league at-bats with the White Sox, Orioles, Mets and Red Sox since 2007.
"I'm sure he's anxious to get out there," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I've seen him do a lot of work with Tony, watched a lot of film, he's taken extra BP. The big thing is that he does his job defensively."
Molina played in just four games last season for the Red Sox, spending most of the year with Triple-A Pawtucket. He seemed to be an afterthought coming into camp, but Francisco Cervelli was injured and the Yankees decided prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine needed more seasoning at the Minor League level.
"Spring Training is a big box of surprises," Molina said. "All of a sudden, you can come from nowhere to make the team. You keep working hard and never know what can happen."
Colon feels good as first start nears
NEW YORK -- Having gone head-to-head in hopes of making the team this spring, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia were assigned neighboring lockers in the Yankees' clubhouse.
Their competition figures to be more friendly now that both are members of the team's rotation. Colon outpitched Garcia this spring and was made into a long reliever anyway, but he will now get his chance to start after all.
"I thought about [being in the rotation], but the most important thing is to make the team," Colon said through an interpreter.
The Yankees haven't yet decided when Colon, who is replacing the injured Phil Hughes, will make his first start. He is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in three relief appearances spanning 11 1/3 innings.
"I feel good right now," Colon said. "I'm going to try to do my job, like always."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.