An­gels Ac­ti­vate Colon; Saun­ders Sent Down

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The An­gels ac­ti­vated RHP Bar­tolo Colon from the 15-day dis­abled list yes­ter­day to make his sea­son de­but against the Mariners, and op­tioned LHP Joe Saun­ders to Class AAA Salt Lake.

Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young win­ner, was side­lined since July 26, 2006, be­cause of a par­tial tear in his ro­ta­tor cuff. He chose to re­hab the in­jury in­stead of un­der­go­ing surgery.

Colon was the An­gels’ Open­ing Day starter in each of the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons.

Saun­ders was de­moted to the mi­nors just one day af­ter pitch­ing six score­less in­nings in an 8-4 vic­tory while wear­ing a Vir­ginia Tech cap to honor the 32 vic­tims in Mon­day’s shoot­ing spree at the Blacks­burg cam­pus.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s tough for me to go from a big high from last night to get­ting sent down, but it’s a busi­ness,” Saun­ders said.” K MAT­SUI READY FOR RE­TURN: Yan­kees LF Hideki Mat­sui de­clared him­self 100 per­cent healthy af­ter go­ing 1 for 3 with an RBI in his sec­ond re­hab as­sign­ment with Class A Tampa.

Mat­sui, placed on the 15day dis­abled list April 8 with a strained left ham­string, is hop­ing to re­join the Yan­kees to­mor­row.

“Phys­i­cally, I’m fine,” Mat­sui said through an in­ter­preter. “I want to join the team as soon as pos­si­ble and be a strength to them . . . help them win.”

CF Johnny Da­mon was out of the start­ing lineup for yes­ter­day’s game against the Red Sox with a sore lower back and ham­string. He was in­serted as a pinch hit­ter in the ninth in­ning and grounded out.

C Jorge Posada, who left Fri­day’s game with an in­jured left thumb, did not play.

In­jured RHP Mike Mussina (strained left ham­string) threw 30 pitches off flat ground. His next step could be a re­hab stint. RHP Carl Pa­vano (right fore­arm stiff­ness) played catch from 60 feet and will do it again be­fore de­ter­min­ing what to do next. K TEE­ING OFF: Kansas City’s Alex Gor­don and Mark Tea­hen hit solo homers off Twins starter Boof Bonser, who has al­lowed home runs in seven con­sec­u­tive starts dat­ing from last sea­son and has given up two homers in each of his past three starts.

Bonser gave up five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five in­nings. Bonser has al­lowed an Amer­i­can League-lead­ing seven home runs in 202⁄ in­nings this sea-

3 son. K TIME OFF: Roy­als 1B Ryan Shealy, who is hit­ting .098 with 17 strike­outs in 41 at­bats, was held out of the lineup for the third straight game. K LATE TRIB­UTE: Red Sox OF Coco Crisp, DH David Or­tiz and third base coach DeMarlo Hale will wear No. 42 tonight for Bos­ton’s rain-de­layed trib­ute to Jackie Robin­son.

— From News Ser­vices

BY CHRIS CARL­SON — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bar­tolo Colon re­turned to the mound for the first time since be­ing side­lined last July with a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff.

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