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Two Veterans Pitch Well for Yankees

Mar. 7, 1962 - Two outstanding question marks in manager Ralph Houk’s pennant plans went on exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today as Bob Turley and Robin Roberts took the wraps off their pitching arms. Both survived the test neatly enough, even if Turley did find out what it feels like to get stung for a couple of Yankee homers. The game was the first with an entire cast of front-line infielders and outfielders taking part. Turley, after collecting five successive outs, got hopped on for a couple of scratch singles. Then Jake Gibbs and Roger Maris connected for successive homers. “The big thing now is to see how my arm reacts when I start putting something on the ball,” said Turley, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow last October. “I threw a few pretty hard out there today and my arm felt fine all the way.” As for Roberts, the old master had even more reason to feel satisfied with his first field test. His arm bothered him not at all. John Blanchard, Bob Cerv, and Bobby Richardson whipped him for singles and that was all the sluggers were able to do against the 35-year-old former National League ace.

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