Indians shut out Angels in opener

Monday, April 1, 2002

The new-look Cleveland Indians opened the 2002 major league baseball season with the pitching they've been looking for.

Bartolo Colon pitched a five-hitter to become the first Cleveland pitcher in 34 years to throw an opening-day shutout, and the Indians scored four first-inning runs in a 6-0 victory over the Anaheim Angels Sunday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Navy SEAL members parachuted in to deliver the ball used for the ceremonial first pitch and President Bush delivered a videotaped message to the sellout crowd of 42,697.

Colon allowed four singles and a double, struck out five and walked two. He needed just 99 pitches to throw the fifth shutout of his career.

-- Associated Press

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