A's McCarthy to make first rehab start on Tuesday

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A's McCarthy to make first rehab start on Tuesday

June 18, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

OAKLAND -- As right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right scapula (shoulder) since May 19, told reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News on Saturday that hes scheduled to make his first rehab start with the Single-A Stockton Ports on Thursday against the host San Jose Giants.McCarthy, who has been plagued by the same injury a number of times in recent years, threw in a simulated game before the second game of a three-game series against the visiting Giants at Overstock.com Coliseum.Twenty or so pitches, up and down three times, As manager Bob Melvin said of McCarthys 60- to 65-pitch session.Facing McCarthy were utilityman Adam Rosales, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, catcher Landon Powell and pitcher Josh Outman, who was limited to working on his bunting in anticipation of interleague action in National League parks. Sweeney made the loudest contact, homering once.
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Should McCarthy get through his start for Stockton without incident, hell make a second minor-league appearance the following Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento.Also Saturday, Melvin also provided an update on outfielder Josh Willingham, who has been bothered by a nagging Achilles over the past several weeks, noting that it has yet to reach the point where the medical staff deems it DL-worthy. Willingham was not in Saturdays lineup and is considered day-to-day, but he might get an extended rest to prevent the situation from becoming what Melvin referred to as week-to-week.With Willingham unlikely to be asked to risk further injury by chasing balls in the outfield, Melvin indicated that Hideki Matsui, Oaklands regular designated hitter since Bob Geren was fired as manager Tuesday, is expected to see some time in left field during interleague play in NL parks as opposed to the previous plan of putting him in right -- and he could very well play more than the game or two that Melvin has mapped out.

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.

Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.

Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.

TURNING POINT

When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.

When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.

“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.

“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”

The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.

The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”