Royals pitcher Colon throws to kids in Ohio as part of community service sentence

TOLEDO, Ohio | To fulfill his sentence in an assault case, Kansas City Royals pitcher Roman Colon has gone from the majors to coaching some Ohio minors.

With the Royals taking time off for the All-Star break, Colon on Monday began two days with youngsters from Police Athletic League baseball teams in Toledo. It's some of the community service Colon was sentenced to last year when he pleaded no contest to a charge he punched a teammate while with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in June 2007.

Colon pitched to the kids, and there were a lot of strikes. But when that happened, he would leave the mound and go to home plate to offer the batter some advice on connecting with the ball.

Players, some as young as 7, said they thought the experience was cool.