Apr 6, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/7: Good Morning

It’s Sunday by the bay! Here’s a look at what’s happening before you head out the door:


Oakland in First Place with Win Over Houston, but Colon Remains Elephant in the Room

No matter which way you slice it, Colon doesn’t belong in the A’s clubhouse, or even in the majors at all. No one who cheats does, actually, but no one seems to discuss Colon’s issues when analyzing his performance(s).

Sure, he threw those 38 straight strikes last spring in a start for Oakland — and probably cheated to do so.

Yes, he won 10 games for the A’s last season — but he had to cheat to do so.

– Sam McPhearson, Examiner.com

Family, Stars Help Honor Posey for NL MVP Award

For having a reputation as being the kind of guy who wouldn’t even want a cake on his birthday, Buster Posey is going to have to get used to this.

Alongside his parents, grandparents, wife, two children, four former Giants National League MVPs and in front of a warm AT&T Park crowd, Posey got his NL MVP and Silver Slugger Awards during a pregame ceremony Saturday near the pitcher’s mound.

– Willie Bans, SFGiants.com

Raiders to Blame for Rolando McClain

McKenzie and his hand-picked head coach Dennis Allen arrived with the hopes of righting the Raider ship. Yet how they too handled McClain only made the situation worse.

That sour attitude given life by Hue Jackson was again flamed by Allen and McKenzie. The good news was Coach Allen yanked McClain’s scholarship by playing him less and less. The bad news is McKenzie should have ripped up his contract instead of turning his back once Allen suspended McClain.

– Chris Shellcroft, Just Blog Baby

Golden State Warriors Eager to Reward Their Fans with Playoff Berth

The significance of a playoff berth in these parts isn’t lost on this locker room, despite the rampant talk of culture change and bigger goals. Seven Warriors, including four starters, have never experienced postseason basketball.

Officially making the playoffs is a big deal for this franchise and its players, especially considering the question marks surrounding this team most of the season.

– Marcus Thompson II, San Jose Mercury News




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