Giants suffer rare spring loss to Dodgers

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Giants suffer rare spring loss to Dodgers

March 17, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rubby De La Rosa looks ready for the big leagues.The Dodgers' minor league player of the year last season, De La Rosa threw four hitless innings Friday in his second spring start to help Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3.De La Rosa walked three and struck out two. Since allowing two runs in his first spring outing, he has given up only two hits in eight scoreless innings."It's fun to watch," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.While De La Rosa has a promising future, Giants starter Jeff Suppan is trying to extend his major league career by winning a job in the bullpen.Suppan, competing for the long relief role, allowed two runs and seven hits over four innings with two strikeouts. The 36-year-old right-hander has allowed 10 runs over his last eight innings covering three appearances."Sometimes you make your pitch and it gets hit. That's baseball," Suppan said. "I feel like if I'm locating that's all I can control."Matt Kemp tripled and hit a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, who have won three straight after dropping eight in a row. Andre Ethier added an RBI double.Ivan DeJesus was 3 for 4 and Rafael Furcal went 2 for 4 for Los Angeles. Xavier Paul and Hector Gimenez homered in the ninth.Aaron Rowand went 1 for 4 with a run for the Giants, who lost for the first time in four games against the rival Dodgers this spring.NOTES: Before the game, Mattingly said 3B Casey Blake likely will begin the year on the disabled list after hurting his back Saturday. ... The game was played in front of a Scottsdale Stadium-record crowd of 12,188. ... Giants RHP Matt Cain threw 63 pitches in a four-inning start in a minor league game at nearby Indian Bend Park. Cain developed elbow inflammation after his first start of the spring and returned to the mound Monday against Milwaukee. "There was just a little achiness going on, we tried to take care of it and it's worked out fine," Cain said. ... Paul is 7 for 12 with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs over his last six games. ... Mattingly said DeJesus could be in the mix for a reserve infield spot but only if he's going to get sufficient at-bats. "You don't want to see him sit here," he said.

NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

LOS ANGELES – In opening a five-game road trip Wednesday night, the Warriors are going right into an NBA war zone they know all too well.

They’re invading Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Clippers.

The teams, along with the San Antonio Spurs, are expected to battle for Western Conference supremacy. The Warriors (18-3) are 12 days removed from overtaking the Clippers (16-6) for sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Though LA started fast, winning 14 of 16, it has since lost four of six.

The game is Kevin Durant’s introduction to the agitation that tends to accompany Warriors-Clippers, and he’ll see plenty of LA defensive ace Luc Mbah a Moute.

The Warriors are reuniting with popular former teammate Marreese Speights, who after three seasons in the Bay Area signed with LA in July.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul. Several matchups deserve attention, but it begins with the two fabulous point guards. Paul’s task is to slow Curry, and he occasionally does. Curry simply wants to make sure Paul doesn’t impose his enough to supervise the action. The winner of this matchup tends to dictate the winner of these games.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Clippers: 6-4.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: No injuries listed.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (lower back herniated disc) is listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE:
Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won six in a row and seven of the last eight, and are 24-12 over the last nine seasons against the Clippers.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
Tests for the best. The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring and overall offensive rating, while the Clippers are tops in overall defensive rating. Conventional wisdom is that good offense beats good defense. It’s certain that each team’s “1” is under the gun.

LA loves charity: No team in the NBA shoots more free throws than the Clippers. The Warriors won’t mind sending DeAndre Jordan to the charity stripe, maybe even intentionally, but they want to avoid fouls that give Jordan’s teammates easy money.

From the jump. While the Warriors are downplaying the significance of the game, the Clippers are not. So LA definitely will make an effort to make a statement in the opening minutes. Will they? And what happens if they don’t? The Warriors will be on alert.

Draymond's thought on Curry's alley-oop to Durant: 'Not about to work'

Draymond's thought on Curry's alley-oop to Durant: 'Not about to work'

With 9:25 remaining in the third quarter on Monday night, Zaza Pachulia and Pacers forward Paul George engaged a jump ball near the basket the Pacers were shooting at.

Pachulia won the toss by tipping the ball back to Draymond Green, who channeled his inner quarterback by throwing the ball down the court to Steph Curry, who promptly tossed the ball backwards for an alley-oop dunk to Kevin Durant.

Is that one of the coolest places Draymond Green has ever been involved in?

"Yeah, that was amazing," Draymond said on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "It was funny because before the tip, I looked at Steph and I just gave him a head nod to the left just to take off. And he just shook his head back, so as I soon as I caught it I was already in motion throwing the ball.

"And when I saw him throw it back I'm like, 'Whoa. That's not about to work.' And my man Durantula caught it and that was incredible.

"For Steph to have the mind to throw that pass back like that and for KD -- it was off center, way to the left -- and for him to catch it and dunk that basketball ... that was an incredible play. I couldn't believe it happened."