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.

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

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The A's fell to the Angels 8-5 Wednesday night in Anaheim, but the bigger loss was Sean Manaea to a left shoulder injury.

Manaea left after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Yonder Alonso was the offensive star for the A's with a home run and three RBI. Matt Joyce added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Morse hoped to bring a little levity to a battered clubhouse Wednesday. On his first day as a Giant since the 2014 World Series, he ended up bringing the most thrilling win of the season. 

Morse’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth shook AT&T Park and tied the game. His good friend Hunter Pence won it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. 

The 10th-inning rally started with Gorkys Hernandez’s single off Ross Stripling. Hernandez stole second and Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, and both runners were safe when Adrian Gonzalez went to third on Nick Hundley’s bunt. Pence flied out to deep left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. The Giants had been 0-13 when trailing after seven. Morse  helped change all that.

Morse’s homer came an inning after Christian Arroyo’s first career homer. The newcomers saved a night that started with nothing but failure. 

The Giants entered with four games this month where they failed to put a runner on the first time through the order. Lefty Alex Wood stayed with the theme. Brandon Belt finally touched first with a one-out walk in the fourth but it wasn’t until the sixth that a Giant — Drew Stubbs — picked up a hit.

By that time, the Dodgers led 3-0. Johnny Cueto worked around some early trouble but Corey Seager got to him in the sixth. The young shortstop led off with a mammoth blast on a 3-2 pitch that landed a couple dozen rows up in left-center. The homer was tracked at 462 feet per Statcast, tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Chase Utley blooped a single to left with the bases loaded. Utley was 1-for-31 at the time. Andrew Toles beat out a grounder to bring home a third run. 

The Giants looked dead in the water, but Wood — the Dodgers’ swingman — was pulled after 77 pitches and old friend Sergio Romo immediately opened the door. Buster Posey hit a one-out single and Arroyo lined a slider just over the fence in left-center.

Morse’s first at-bat as a Giant in three years sent an even bigger charge through the park. He got a 97 mph fastball from Pedro Baez with two strikes and blasted it to left. Morse held his arm up right away and screamed as he rounded first.

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks. He’ll finish April with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. After holding opposing hitters to a .238 average last year, he’s getting hit at a .271 clip this season. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert did a great job of settling the place down, throwing a scoreless inning before Arroyo’s homer and retiring two more immediately after. 

At the plate: The 21-year-old Arroyo calmly clapped his hands once as he rounded first. He was pushed out of the dugout for a curtain call as the park roared. Most impressive of all, his mom, Kimberly, didn’t drop a single nacho as she celebrated in the stands.

In the field: Stubbs made a diving catch to open the seventh and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a nifty sliding catch at the wall.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,572 human beings. Thursday will be the 500th consecutive (announced) sellout.

Up next: Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87 ERA) will try to turn his month around. The Dodgers will trot out young lefty Julio Urias, who spent three weeks in the minors to control his innings count.