A's Insider notes: Colon's fountain of stem cell youth


A's Insider notes: Colon's fountain of stem cell youth

May 30, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO

Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

Colon finds fountain of stem cell youth? - Thirty-eight year-old Yankees starter Bartolo Colon pitched as though it was his Cy Young Award season of 2005. In hitting 95 mph on his 103rd and final pitch, Colon threw his first complete-game shutout since July 5, 2006. The right-hander did not walk a batter and allowed four hits while striking out six. He's also making many wonder about, well, his comeback in using his own fat and bone marrow stem cells.

Not the "start" he envisioned - Trevor Cahill had a hiccup in his last start, last week in Anaheim. So, of course, he'd make amends against the team he was 0-2 with a 12.60 career ERA in the New York Yankees, right? Um, not so much. The right-hander struggled with his command early and paid for it with a three-run first inning and surrendered another run in the seventh en route to the deflating defeat. Cahill equaled season highs with four earned runs allowed and five walks surrendered in his 6 23 innings. Perhaps most painful, the two-run home run hit by Mark Teixeira came on a hanging off-speed pitch on a 1-and-2 count. Plus, it was the first time the A's had given up three runs in the first inning this season.Buzzing Cervelli's tower - Francisco Cervelli was a last-minute addition to the Yankees lineup when - no, Jorge Posada did not beg out of the lineup - Russell Martin was scratched with a sore toe. Cervelli almost had a sore head after twice being buzzed by Cahill and dropped. Perhaps it was in retaliation for Cervelli stealing second base in the second inning when he was not being held at first base? In any event, he would later swipe second again on a double-steal, becoming the first Yankees catcher since Joe Girardi on June 27, 1996 to steal two bags in the same game.Missing average history - The A's had a shot at some unique history. Had they defeated the Yankees, they would have evened their record at 166-166 in games played from May 31, 2009 through May 30, 2011.Geren in pinstripes, a look back - A's manager Bob Geren spent parts of four seasons with the Yankees - 1988 through 1991 - so there's always a sense of nostalgia floating around his pregame meeting with reporters whenever the Bronx Bombers are in town and their media crush. Just for kicks, a look at Geren's hitting stats for the Yankees: in 249 games, he batted .237 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI. He also struck out 151 times in 620 at-bats and walked 36 times.Lineup shift coming? - It's no secret that first baseman Daric Barton is struggling at the plate. After going 0-for-4 Monday, Barton is three for his last 25 to drop his season batting average to .206. Asked if he would contemplate dropping Barton in the lineup from the No. 2 spot, Geren said, "That's worth taking a look at."Rosales on the mend Geren also said utility infielder Adam Rosales (fractured right foot) could potentially join triple-A Sacramento this week for a rehab assignment. Rosales has been on the disabled list since March 22 and has been playing in As extended spring training minor league games in Phoenix.

Broncos buck Osweiler with rude welcome back in Denver

Broncos buck Osweiler with rude welcome back in Denver


DENVER -- The Denver Broncos ruined Brock Osweiler's homecoming Monday night, incessantly hurrying, hitting and harassing their former teammate in a 27-9 win over his Houston Texans.

Coach Gary Kubiak returned to the sideline following his second health scare in three years, and he had to like what he saw as the Broncos (5-2) snapped a two-game skid in sending the overwhelmed Texans home at 4-3.

C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker energized Denver's sputtering ground game, both running for a touchdown. Anderson gained 107 yards on 16 carries and Booker had 83 on 17 hand-offs.

But the big story was Trevor Siemian, Peyton Manning's surprise successor, outplaying Osweiler, who was groomed to be Denver's next QB but instead bolted to Houston in free agency.

Osweiler left for bigger numbers in Texas - both in his bank account and his stat sheet - but he spent this night quickly getting rid of the ball, constantly overthrowing DeAndre Hopkins in double coverage and otherwise running for his life from Von Miller & Co.

Although he avoided sacks, Osweiler was just 22 for 41 for 131 yards with no TDs and no interceptions. Siemian was 14 of 25 for 157 yards, a TD and no interceptions.

Osweiler's fumble at his own 25-yard line was scooped up by Chris Harris Jr. on the first play of the fourth quarter. That led to Brandon McManus' chip-shot field goal that made it 24-9 and snuffed out Houston's hopes of a comeback.

Anderson scored on a 7-yard run and Siemian hit Demaryius Thomas from 4 yards out as the Broncos took a 14-6 halftime lead.

Osweiler took a couple of big shots from safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward in the first quarter but the Texans led 6-0 on a pair of 43-yard field goals by Nick Novak.

Novak's 29-yarder made it 14-9, but Stewart punched the ball from running back Alfred Blue's grasp and linebacker Todd Davis plucked it out of the air. That led to Booker's 1-yard TD run.

Kubiak missed Denver's last game when doctors ordered him to take a week off after he was transported via ambulance to the hospital following Denver's last home game, on Oct. 9, with a complex migraine condition, which can mimic a stroke. Kubiak had a mini-stroke in 2013 while coaching the Texans.

Like Osweiler, this was his first game against his former team.

STREAK BREAKER: Denver's dazzling defense is a real dawdler , having allowed scores on five of six opening drives coming into the game. That didn't stop them from deferring when they won the toss. The Texans went three and out on their first two possessions, the first time all season the Broncos hadn't allowed points on their first two defensive series.

OH NO, OKUNG: Broncos left tackle Russell Okung cleared concussion protocol to make the start. But he was rusty a week after his pair of penalties resulted in a nullified touchdown and a safety in a 21-13 loss at San Diego. This time, he was whistled for a pair of holds that negated a nifty first-down run by Booker and a 28-yard grab by Thomas.

INJURIES: Texans right tackle Derek Newton was carted off the field with what looked like serious injuries to both knees in the first half. He crumpled to the grass while blocking Miller. Newton was dropping back to pass block midway through the first quarter when his left knee buckled first and then his right knee gave way. For Denver, linebackers Brandon Marshall (leg) and Dekoda Watson (head) left in the second half.

RING OF FAME: The Broncos honored former safety John Lynch, linebacker Simon Fletcher and kicker Jason Elam by inducting them into their Ring of Fame during halftime ceremonies. Lynch, who played in Denver from 2004-07 after 11 seasons in Tampa Bay, will be inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor next month.

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A league source told CSNBayArea.com the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.