Zito struggles, DeRosa homers in Giants' win


Zito struggles, DeRosa homers in Giants' win


PHOENIX (AP) Shaum Marcum is used to being overshadowed.The Milwaukee starter was signed just before former Cy Young Award-winner Zack Greinke in the offseason.On Monday, the right-hander pitched two quiet innings for the Brewers and left before Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking homer to help the San Francisco Giants beat a Milwaukee split squad 10-9."I have flown under the radar my whole life," Marcum said. "Hopefully, the teams (opponents) will forget about me, too."Marcum had 165 strikeouts in 195 innings last season, a year after missing 2008 because he had Tommy John surgery. Now Milwaukee is hoping Greinke and Marcum can help the Brewers contend."I haven't won a Cy Young," Marcum said.He still could have the stuff to help Milwaukee win the NL Central. Marcum's best, most deceptive pitch is his changeup."Even when the hitter sits, his hand speed is so fast that the eyes see fastball," said Brewers first-year manager Ron Roenicke.For the Giants, DeRosa is making a bid for starting time, even though manager Bruce Bochy plans to use him as a sub at all infield positions.DeRosa played second base Monday while Freddy Sanchez finishes healing from shoulder surgery.He has been impressive. He is healthy now," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He is a lot more confident. He doesn't have to (start his swing early). He can handle any pitch."Barry Zito allowed five walks along with two runs and three hits in 1 2-3 innings.Bochy also was encouraged by the effort of right-hander Jeff Suppan, making a bid to become the No. 5 starter or long reliever. Suppan pitched three hitless innings of relief against his former Milwaukee teammates, striking out two.Notes: Greinke will make his first start as a Brewer on Tuesday against the White Sox in Glendale. ... The Giants trailed 5-4 before scoring six runs in the seventh. The big hit was a two-run double by first base prospect Brandon Belt, who had a second double and a single and four RBIs ... The Giants left Zito off their playoff roster in 2010, and Monday might have been an example of why. One of his five walks was of Prince Fielder with the bases loaded. Fielder and Zito barked at each other, apparently a holdover from last spring when Zito hit Fielder with the first pitch of the spring. Both players downplayed the latest spat ... Closer Brian Wilson (back) is nearly ready to pitch in a game, Bochy said. ... Giants RHP Tim Lincecum will make his second spring start on Tuesday against the Cubs in Scottsdale. ... Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker was back at the microphone. He had a second round of heart surgery in October 2010.

Falcons C Mack explains what makes Shanahan's offense so effective

Falcons C Mack explains what makes Shanahan's offense so effective

The Atlanta Falcons had the highest scoring offense during the 2016 regular season, averaging 33.8 points per game, and they racked up 6,653 total yards.

In two playoff games, they've scored a combined 80 points.

The architect of that high-powered offense is Kyle Shanahan, who is the presumptive head coach of the 49ers.

So what makes Shanahan's scheme so effective?

Falcons starting center and former Cal Bears star Alex Mack answered that on ESPN's Mike and Mike show on Tuesday.

"He does a really good job of just having a very balanced offense. We want to run outside schemes. we want to run outside zone, we want to be really effective at doing that. And when a team stops you from doing that, when they put people over there, or they slant out or whatever they do to stop that, he has the backup plan," Mack said.

"He knows exactly when they bring that safety down to make it really tough to run outside zone, well that's going to open up some throws later down the field. And then when they put someone out there on the throws, well, there's a bigger cutback lane, so he calls a different run for that. So our offense is really built around being balanced and having an answer for what the defense wants to do to stop us," Mack continued.

Mack, Shanahan and the Falcons are set to put their No. 1 scoring offense to the test against the Patriots' No. 1 scoring defense in Super Bowl 51 in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.


LeBron goes off after latest loss: Cavs 'not better than last year'

LeBron goes off after latest loss: Cavs 'not better than last year'

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has alluded to flaws with Cleveland's roster all season.

He got much more detailed about the cracks and crevices in the NBA champions after their fifth loss in seven games.

James urged the team's front office to do more after a 124-122 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis.

"We're not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint," he said. "We're a top-heavy team. ... I just hope we're not satisfied as an organization."

On Tuesday, James went on Twitter to explain that his comments weren't directed at Cavs general manager David Griffin or Cleveland's coaching staff.

"I not mad or upset at management cause Griff and staff have done a great job, I just feel we still need to improve in order to repeat..." James tweeted. "If that's what we wanna do."

After speaking to a larger group of reporters on Monday night, James saved his most biting comments for Cleveland's traveling beat writers.

The Cavs haven't played well for weeks, and James felt the need to unload.

"It's been a (lousy) 2017 so far," he said.

His biggest issue is with the current makeup of the Cavs, who have been hurt most by allowing backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova to leave as a free agent and injuries to forward Chris Andersen and guard J.R. Smith. James watched the Golden State Warriors retool after losing in last year's NBA Finals and feels the Cavs haven't done enough to address their biggest needs.

James said he's expressed his opinions directly to Griffin, who recently obtained Kyle Korver in a trade with Atlanta.

"We need a (expletive) playmaker. I'm not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn't say that," James said.

Griffin has an open roster spot and two small trade exceptions. The trading deadline is Feb. 23 and free agents can be signed until March 1 to be eligible for the playoffs.

Now in his 14th season, James knows his time to win more titles is dwindling.

"I don't know what we got to offer," James said of possible deals. "I just know me, personally. I don't got no time to waste. I'll be 33 in the winter, and I ain't got time to waste."

It remains to be seen whether James' public rant will spark the team. But James also knows that the Cavs will do anything within reason to accommodate him. What King James wants, he usually gets.

Despite their recent slide, the Cavs still have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland hosts Sacramento on Wednesday as well as Brooklyn and Oklahoma City later this week.