Giants pummel Tigers in rainy Detroit, 15-3

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Giants pummel Tigers in rainy Detroit, 15-3

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DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have been getting roughed up lately, irritating manager Jim Leyland.Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first inning, Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a long rain delay and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 15-3 Sunday morning."It was pretty ugly," Leyland said.The game was delayed by a thunderstorm in the third inning for 2 hours, 36 minutes, and it ended after midnight.The Tigers, losers of four of five, have given up at least 14 runs three times during the slump."Three of our last five starting performances haven't been good," Leyland said. "Really not acceptable."Max Scherzer (9-4) allowed nine runs - six earned - on six hits and three walks over two-plus innings.They hope only a game was lost.Catcher Victor Martinez left in the third inning with a bruised right shoulder, getting hit by a foul tip, and is day to day."I wasn't going to take a chance, I had to get him out of there," Leyland said. "He got smoked pretty good."Martinez was replaced by emergency catcher Don Kelly, who was used as an emergency pitcher earlier in the week and has now played every position in his career."There may be somebody more talented," Leyland said, getting choked up. "But for a 25th player, I wouldn't rather have anybody in baseball than Donny Kelly."Barry Zito (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk. He pitched on short rest and stayed in the game despite the long delay, going about 3 hours between pitches in the second and third innings. Zito won Tuesday at Arizona in his first start after being on the disabled list with a sprained right foot.The NL-West leading Giants have won nine of their last 11 games.Scherzer started the game by striking out Aaron Rowand, then struggled.Emmanuel Burriss followed with a single and Sandoval smacked the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats, extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. Second baseman Ryan Raburn didn't help Scherzer out, making a fielding error on Aubrey Huff's grounder on what should've been the second out of the inning. Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out infield single, then Crawford hit the next pitch over the right-field fence.The long delay didn't slow down San Francisco, which surpassed its previous season high of 13 runsAfter Brayan Villarreal walked Crawford, who was batting when rain stopped the game, Tejada hit the next pitch to left for his 12th career grand slam to put the Giants ahead 10-0.Huff hit a two-run single in the fifth, giving the Giants a 12-run lead. Eli Whiteside hit a two-run double in a three-run sixth, padding the lead to 15-0.The Giants made plays in the field, too, turning three double plays in the first four innings with Tejada starting two of them with slick stops in the hole.Detroit's Jhonny Peralta and Brennan Boesch hit back-to-back homers in the seventh off Guillermo Mota, making it 15-2 and giving the sparse crowd something to cheer about. Mota earned his first career save because he pitched the final three innings.Raburn hit an RBI single in the ninth.NOTES: Giants INF Mike Fontenot, out since May 26 with a strained left groin, might not return from the DL until after the All-Star break. Fontenot began a second rehab stint on Thursday with Triple-A Fresno. ... Giants INF Freddy Sanchez, on the DL with a dislocated right shoulder, is optimistic he'll be healthy enough to return by August. ... Scherzer, who won his first six decisions and had an ERA below 3.00 in May, has given up at least five earned runs in four of his last eight starts. ... San Francisco's relievers didn't leave the bullpen for more than 30 minutes after the rain delay. ... The game-time temperature was 97 and it dipped into the 70s by the final out. ... The Tigers sold 38,983 tickets to the game and more than half of the fans didn't wait out the delay.

Owners of No. 1 overall pick, Browns still searching for franchise QB

Owners of No. 1 overall pick, Browns still searching for franchise QB

CLEVELAND -- Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback.

This flawed football quest drags on.

For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching bag, have been running in circles as they try to find a quarterback to lead them from the darkness to relevance and respectability. Since the franchise's inglorious expansion return in 1999, they've started 26 quarterbacks, a roll call of names that haunt even the most loyal Cleveland fans holding out hope the team will one day get it right.

From Tim Couch to Trent Dilfer, from Derek Anderson to Cody Kessler, and let's not forget that year of fun with Johnny Manziel, QBs have cycled through Cleveland like tourists, with none sticking around for long.

It's been a running joke.

And until the Browns find that long-term answer at quarterback, they'll continue to be looked at as a laughingstock.

They'll have another chance to perhaps end this long pursuit in this week's NFL draft. With the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks, and four more selections in the first three rounds, the Browns are positioned to finally fix the most important position on the field.

This could be the year Cleveland fans have longed for, the one when the Browns find their Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger. But as fate would have it, this year's QB class isn't highly regarded. Many draft experts feel there isn't a quarterback worth a first-round selection and that Cleveland should wait until 2018.

That's just so Browns, whose experiment with Robert Griffin III backfired last season, resulting in the latest QB confusion.

"We're going to keep searching," coach Hue Jackson said recently. "I think we all understand, no one's really claimed this position yet on our football team so we need to do everything we can to continue to add a player that we feel, as an organization, really good about, that can lead our football team and we'll continue to chase that."

The chase continues Thursday when the Browns try to find that elusive, essential piece. Or fumble again.

Here are some quarterback tidbits to chew on when the Browns go on the clock:

UP TOP: Cleveland seems locked in ON Texas A&M defensive stud Myles Garrett at No. 1, and while he's proficient at sacks, there are no three- or seven-step drops in his future. The Browns are impressed with North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky, a former Ohio Mr. Football, despite his inexperience (only 13 college starts), but probably not enough to take him first. Landing Garrett and Trubisky would be a dream scenario, but Cleveland may have to trade up as the rebuilding Jets have sent out vibes they prefer Trubisky.

WHY NOT WATSON? Clemson's Deshaun Watson would seem to fit Jackson's profile of the ideal QB: mobile, dynamic, successful. The Browns, though, don't seem enthralled with Watson - not in the first round anyway - unless their silence is a smoke screen. There are other good options like Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Texas A&M's Patrick Mahomes or California's Davis Webb, who may all be available after Round 1.

DRAFT DEBACLES: The Browns' track record drafting QBs - or any position - is abysmal over the past decade, which is why many Cleveland fans fear the team will mess up again. Since 2007, only OT Joe Thomas and CB Joe Haden have proven to be good choices. Eight other first-round picks are no longer on the roster.

Along with Couch, the No. 1 choice in '99, the Browns have used first-round picks on Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Manziel, who was Johnny Goofball in an orange helmet. Those mistakes shouldn't deter the Browns from selecting a QB early, but they are grim reminders that there are no givens.

WAITING GAME: Would waiting one more year be so bad? Draft experts point to the 2018 QB class, led by UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold, as being more talented than the 2017 group. That wouldn't preclude the Browns from taking a quarterback later in this draft, just not in the first round.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Trubisky is the latest in a long line of Ohio-born QBs tabbed as the Browns' next savior. Quinn, Charlie Frye and Brian Hoyer all grew up as Browns fans, but none was able to lead the turnaround. If Trubisky is picked, the pressure on him to be the team's leader and face of the franchise will be immense.

BYE-BYE BROCK?: The Browns made a shocking move in free agency, acquiring QB Brock Osweiler, his $16 million guaranteed contract and a 2018 second-round pick from Houston. Cleveland made it clear Osweiler was not part of the future, but he's still on the roster and could be part of a fall-back plan if the Browns don't get their desired quarterback.

 

Giants lineup: Arroyo playing third in debut, Pence leading off vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Arroyo playing third in debut, Pence leading off vs Dodgers

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Dodgers-Giants coverage begins at 6pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus and streaming right here.

In his much-anticipated debut, Christian Arroyo will bat sixth and play third base against the Dodgers on Monday night.

Eduardo Nunez will play left field, while Hunter Pence will bat lead off.

Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Andrew Toles (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) LHP

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) RHP