Ross, Posey, Huff go yard in Giants' 3-1 win over K.C.

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Ross, Posey, Huff go yard in Giants' 3-1 win over K.C.

March 19, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLBPAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) After another strong spring outing, Barry Zito appears to be ready for the start of the season.Zito pitched six efficient innings, giving up a run and two hits in six innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday."He threw very well. He had good command for the most part," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got into a few jams but got out of them. I'm very pleased with how he is throwing and where he is at."He was pounding the strike zone. The last two or three outings, he has thrown a lot of strikes."Zito, who walked four and struck out two, got support from solo home runs by Cody Ross, Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff.Ross hit his third homer of the spring off left-hander Bruce Chen in the second inning. Posey hit his third in the fourth, and Huff connected for his fourth in the sixth.Zito is 40-57 with a 4.45 earned-run average in 131 starts over four years since leaving the Oakland Athletics to move across San Francisco Bay to join the Giants as a free agent October of 2006. He has never quite recaptured the form that earned him the American League Cy Young Award in 2002. He started out 5-0 in 2010, but finished the season at 9-14.Earlier this month, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Zito's spot on the Giants' roster wasn't guaranteed. However, Bochy immediately denied truth to the report and Zito is 2-0 in four starts with the Giants this spring and pitched five innings in a minor-league game.Now that right-hander Matt Cain has rebounded from elbow stiffness with two solid outings, the Giants' rotation appears to be set with right-handers Tim Lincecum and Cain, and left-handers Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner and Zito.The Giants' starters have limited opponents to two earned runs or fewer in all but one of their games, and that was the opener on Feb. 25 against Arizona.The closer's role is another story, however.San Francisco was hit by the news before the game that closer Brian Wilson will be out temporarily and possibly longer with a strained left rib cage muscle. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. Wilson, who led the National League in saves with 48 last year, also was bothered by a stiff back earlier in camp.
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Some of the candidates to step in in Wilson's absence pitched on Saturday - left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and right-handers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla.Bochy figured that people would speculate that the job would be Casilla's, "but you shouldn't read anything into that. We needed them to get their work in, and this was the only real way to do it with the way Zito was pitching. All three pitchers are expected to throw again on Sunday, when the Giants play split-squad games against Oakland and the Chicago Cubs.
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Casilla struck out two of the three men he faced in the ninth, relying on a potent curveball."There were a couple of filthy ones," Bochy said.NOTES: Bochy said he was going to try to get Huff more time in left field before the team breaks camp. Huff started 97 games at 1B last season, 33 in RF and 24 in LF. Bochy's decision could mean the team is considering keeping rookie 1B Brandon Belt on the opening-day roster. ... 2B Freddy Sanchez increased his hitting streak to six games. ... Royals OF Melky Cabrera drove in the only run with on a ground ball in the sixth. He was hitless in three at-bats but still is hitting .488 (20 for 41).

Warriors' Brown still waiting on $100 he won from Cavs head coach

Warriors' Brown still waiting on $100 he won from Cavs head coach

OAKLAND — Mike Brown is ready for Tyronn Lue to pay up on a nearly two-decade-old bet. Yep, Lue owes him $100 and Brown plans to accept it at long last — perhaps even during the NBA Finals when they see each other.

All this time Brown never wanted the money he earned by beating Lue in a shooting contest when the Cavaliers coach was an NBA newcomer, yet Golden State's acting coach — who spent two stints leading Cleveland — joked how Lue can surely afford it these days.

"I'm glad he finally admitted that he owes me money because for many years he wouldn't admit that he owed me money. He does owe me $100 and since he got his new deal hopefully he can afford to pay me now," Brown said Saturday post-practice. "I asked him many time for it but he's denied it. He's denied that the game ever took place."

Lue insists he has tried to pay up — time and time again, to no avail.

"Mike, I owe him $100 from when I was a rookie. That's all I ever know about Mike," Lue said Saturday. "I tried to pay him and he wouldn't take the money so he says I always owe him. He's always been a great guy."

The 40-year-old Lue was rewarded with a contract extension after the Cavs' championship run last June for the city's first major sports title in 52 years. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 Finals deficit to the Warriors, and now the teams are preparing to face off for a third straight year.

"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was," Brown said with a grin.

Brown acknowledged he cannot recall any other details such as how many shots each man made, saying: "I don't even remember, that was back when I was in shape and a good shooter. He'd kill me now"

"Yeah, he was with the Spurs and I was with the Lakers and we had a little shooting contest and I lost," Lue said. "He wouldn't take the money so from now on 19 years in a row always says, 'You owe me $100.' He won't take the money. Always been close to Mike and I like Mike a lot, respect him a lot."

Giants lineup: Posey, Arroyo out against Braves

Giants lineup: Posey, Arroyo out against Braves

Mired in a big slump, rookie Christian Arroyo is getting a night off, while Nick Hundley is catching in place of Buster Posey Saturday.

Atlanta Braves:
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. Danny Santana (S) 3B
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Aaron Hill (R) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Mac Williamson (R) RF
9. Ty Blach (R) P