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Contreras comes off DL with strong outing

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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Righthander was activated off the disabled list Sunday and pitched seven scoreless innings in the New York ' 7-0 win over the Baltimore at Yankee Stadium. Contreras (4-1), who had been on the DL since June 7 because of a strained right shoulder, limited the to three hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out five and walked only one.

Relievers and each pitched an inning to complete the shutout victory for New York.

Contreras was making his first start since a win at Cincinnati on June 5. It also was just his third major league start and his ninth career appearance. He is 4-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings overall, but is a perfect 3-0 with a scant 0.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 21 innings in his three starts.

The Cuban-born Contreras signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the after defecting last year.

The did not need to make another move to activate Contreras because Friday's trade of reliever to the St. Louis left a roster spot open.

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