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A's Bartolo Colon solid in return from 50-game suspension

  • Oakland Athletics' Bartolo Colon delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — Oakland's Bartolo Colon was glad to be back on the mound after missing 50 games because of a drug suspension.

The starter was perhaps even happier to be allowed in the clubhouse after being banned from it for the duration of his penalty.

Colon was sharp in his first game back and Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Seth Smith homered to lead the A's to a 6-3 victory over the Astros.

"It was a bit difficult for me to accept that because I could only watch the game on the TV when I wanted to be here with the team," Colon said through a translator.

It was the first appearance for Colon (1-0) since he received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test Aug. 22. He allowed eight hits and three runs without a walk in six innings for the win.

He couldn't go in the clubhouse to be with his team until he was reinstated from the suspended list before Saturday's game.

His clubhouse ban was even more frustrating on Friday when he was unable to watch the game because Comcast SportsNet Houston, where the Astros games are broadcast, wasn't available in the team hotel. It's a common problem in Houston as the new network is currently unavailable to about 60 percent of the area's cable subscribers.

"I had to take care of myself because there were a lot of new guys that I didn't even know," Colon said of facing the young Astros. "The only guy that I know is Carlos Pena."

Crisp homered for the second straight game with a solo shot in the fourth that put Oakland up 1-0.

Lowrie, who spent last season with the Astros, added a solo homer in Oakland's four-run sixth inning. Derek Norris gave the A's the lead with a run-scoring single later in the sixth.


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