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Colon goes 5 strong in Pawtucket

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  April 3, 2008 09:49 PM

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From the Associated Press:

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Righthander Bartolo Colon delivered a major league performance for the Pawtucket Red Sox in their International League-opening 3-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

The former AL Cy Young winner, who signed a minor league contract during the offseason, worked five innings and faced just 16 batters Thursday night, one over the minimum.

He threw 45 of 74 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph.

Colon allowed only one hit, a second-inning single by Adam Boeve, who was erased on a double play. He walked one, struck out five and ended by blowing a 95 mph fastball past Kevin Thompson for the last out in the fifth.

Colon threw as many as three balls only three times, once in the first inning and twice in the fifth.

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