Angels' Morales returns to action

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Kendrys Morales and the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting for this day for a long time.

Morales, the Angels first-baseman-designated hitter, made his first appearance on Thursday since he got hurt during an ill-fated celebration at home plate in May 2010.

He had two hits in three trips in the Angels’ 7-4 win over Kansas City.

“Everything felt good,” Morales said through an interpreter.

PHILLIES: 2006 NL MVP Ryan Howard fielded grounders while sitting on a stool and wasn’t wearing the protective boot on the field for the first time since a setback three weeks ago.

“It’s good to be out of a boot. I’m excited,” Howard said. “I’m trying to make little miniature goals. The first goal is to get out of the boot. Goal achieved.”

Howard had a procedure Feb. 27 to remove an infection around his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. He was cleared to start light exercises in a boot last week.

INDIANS: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed a run in four innings and Cleveland beat a San Diego split squad 9-4.

Jimenez, who entered with a 9.31 ERA, struck out four and walked one.

• Cleveland sent former first-round draft pick Trevor Crowe to the minor leagues.

Crowe, a switch-hitting outfielder who missed most of last season after having surgery on his right shoulder, has hit .245 with three homers and 29 steals in 205 games over the past three years for Cleveland.

PADRES: Jeff Moorad stepped down as CEO, perhaps believing he won’t get the number of votes needed to take control of the club.

The Padres said that Moorad will remain as the franchise’s vice chairman and will be responsible for overseeing the Padres’ involvement in the development of Fox Sports San Diego. Padres COO and President Tom Garfinkel will assume the CEO duties in the interim, taking over day-to-day operation of the club.

TWINS: Carl Pavano struggled and Baltimore finished with 14 hits in an 11-1 win over Minnesota.

The Twins’ Opening-Day starter allowed six earned runs and eight hits in four innings.


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