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Yan replaces injured Colon

CHICAGO -- There was no bloody red sock to reference, but the Angels announced yesterday that their ace, Bartolo Colon, would miss the ALCS with a bad shoulder.

Colon, a 21-game winner, lasted just one batter into the second inning Monday night in Anaheim, where he started the Angels' clinching 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 5 of their Division Series. Bothered by back problems for the last month of the season, Colon left with what was described as an inflamed shoulder.

''You have to know Bartolo -- he's a horse," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. ''This guy doesn't complain about anything. When he says something is bothering him, you know it's significant.

''His shoulder, he's had relatively minor stuff with [it] the whole year, just normal stuff that a pitcher would get. It flared up to a point where he couldn't pitch.

''There's been no indication that there is any damage in there that would impact him moving forward. But they're going to do some tests and we'll get a better idea this week exactly what his status is.

''I think as soon as he came out of [Monday] night's ballgame it was pretty ominous and pretty obvious that he wasn't going to be able to help us in this series."

To take Colon's place on the roster, the Angels added Esteban Yan, the well-traveled reliever (Orioles, Devil Rays, Rangers, Cardinals, Tigers) who appeared in 49 games this season after signing as a free agent.

The pitching news wasn't all bad for the Angels. Lefthander Jarrod Washburn, who was supposed to start last Sunday in New York but was scratched because of strep throat and then was unavailable again out of the pen Monday, has been cleared to start Game 2 tonight against White Sox lefthander Mark Buehrle.

''I can't think of anything that would be worse torture for a baseball player to go through," Washburn said of not being able to play. ''Those were the hardest two games I've ever watched in my life, having to sit in a room by myself, having to watch it on TV and can't help."

Washburn hasn't appeared in the postseason since giving up David Ortiz's walkoff home run in Game 3 of last year's ALDS.

They did lunch

Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino confirmed yesterday that Sox owners met for lunch with general manager Theo Epstein to continue negotiations on a new deal. Epstein's three-year deal is due to expire Oct. 31, and principal owner John W. Henry has said repeatedly that he expects a deal will be struck. Until Epstein's contract is resolved, some other Sox business may remain on hold, including the status of the big-league coaching staff, scouts, and minor league personnel. Epstein also is expected to redo manager Terry Francona's deal . . . Yes, that was a joyous Orlando Cabrera stripped across the front of yesterday's Orange County Register, leaping onto a pile of teammates celebrating the Angels' advance to the ALCS Monday night. Cabrera, who hit .288 in 14 postseason games for the Red Sox in 2004, driving in 11 runs, has a chance to do something that never has been done by a shortstop: win World Series in successive years for different teams. ''You're already talking to me about the World Series?" said Cabrera, shaking his head. His infield hit in the third inning last night means he has hit safely in all eight games he has played in the LCS (seven last season with the Sox) and in 18 of 20 postseason games. Cabrera made just seven errors this season, compared with 30 by the man who replaced him in Boston, Edgar Renteria.

They meet again

The third base umpire last night was Ron Kulpa, who was on the receiving end of Carl Everett's infamous head butt on July 17, 2000, which resulted in a 10-game suspension and marked the turning point of Everett's tenure in Boston. Kulpa had told Everett he was standing out of the batter's box, and the player erupted, which led to the rare scene of an opposing player, Derek Bell, running in from right field in an attempt to calm the Sox player. Bell grew up with Everett in Tampa. Kulpa is scheduled to work the plate in Game 4 in Anaheim . . . White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Angels catcher Bengie Molina: ''Molina's the best catcher in baseball, no doubt." . . . Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star whose No. 19 is one of eight retired by the White Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Chris Snow of the Globe staff contributed from Boston.

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