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

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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.

Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

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Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe will end up in Brooklyn after all.

The Blazers will trade the shooting guard to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Brooklyn will send big man Andrew Nicholson to Portland.

Nicholson will not suit up for the the Blazers, as Portland will waive and stretch his contract.

Last summer, Crabbe -- who was a restricted free agent -- signed a 4-year, $75 million sheet from the Nets.

The former Cal star returned to the Pacific Northwest because the Blazers matched the offer.

Last season, Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field and over 44 percent from deep.

He averaged just 5.5 points in the opening round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors officially ink six players to new contracts

Warriors officially ink six players to new contracts

The Warriors re-signed free agents Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced on Tuesday.

Curry, 29, averaged a team-high 25.3 points per game (10th in the NBA) in 2016-17 to go with 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.81 steals (seventh) in 33.4 minutes over 79 games, earning All-NBA Second Team honors. The two-time MVP led the league in three-point field goals for a fifth consecutive year, following his NBA-record 402 threes in 2015-16 with 316 triples in 2016-17, including an NBA single-game record 13 threes on Nov. 7 vs. New Orleans. Curry upped his averages to 28.1 points, 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds in 35.4 minutes over 17 games in the 2017 postseason, helping Golden State capture its second title in three seasons. In eight career seasons with the Warriors, Curry owns averages of 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.79 steals and is the franchise’s all-time leader in three-point field goals (1,917, 10th in NBA history).

Durant, 28, tallied averages of 25.1 points (13th), a career-high 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, a career-high 1.60 blocks (ninth) and 1.06 steals in 33.4 minutes over 62 games in his first season with the Warriors in 2016-17. The 6’9” forward earned All-NBA Second Team honors after hitting a career-best 53.7 percent from the field and becoming the first Warrior to average at least 25 points and eight rebounds per game since Rick Barry in 1966-67. Durant led the Warriors in postseason scoring with 28.5 points per game to go along with 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.33 blocks in 15 games, scoring at least 30 points in all five games of the NBA Finals on his way to Finals MVP honors. Durant joined Michael Jordan as the only players to earn NBA Finals MVP honors with averages of at least 35 points (35.2), eight rebounds (8.2) and five assists (5.4).

Iguodala, 33, averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 26.3 minutes over 76 games for the Warriors in 2016-17, while shooting a career-high 52.8 percent. A 13-year NBA veteran, Iguodala led the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.50) and was a finalist for 2016-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors, leading all reserves in plus/minus with an on-court differential of +6.9. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP scored a playoff season-high 20 points in Golden State’s series-clinching Game 5 win over Cleveland in the 2017 NBA Finals, hitting 9-of-14 from the field in 38 minutes.

Livingston, 31, shot a career-best 54.7 percent from the field and posted averages of 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.7 minutes over 76 games in 2016-17. The 13-year NBA veteran upped his accuracy to 57.6 percent from the field in the postseason, averaging 5.2 points over 14 games and scoring in double figures three times (twice in the NBA Finals). Livingston owns career averages of 6.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 698 games with nine different teams, including three seasons with Golden State.

Pachulia, 33, averaged 6.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 18.1 minutes over 70 games (all starts) in his first season with the Warriors, while hitting a career-high 53.4 percent from the field. The Georgian native led all centers in plus/minus (+6.0) and led the Warriors with 140 offensive rebounds in 2016-17. In 15 postseason games (all starts), Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes, scoring in double figures four times. For his career, Pachulia owns averages of 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 961 games over 14 seasons with the Magic, Hawks, Bucks, Mavericks and Warriors.

West, 36, tallied averages of 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12.6 minutes over 68 games in his first season with the Warriors. The 14-year NBA veteran was one of only four players to play in all 17 of Golden State’s playoff games, averaging 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists, and 13.0 minutes in his eighth career postseason appearance. A two-time NBA All-Star, West owns career averages of 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 961 games with the Hornets, Pacers, Spurs and Warriors.

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