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.

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'


Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

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"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller


Report: LeBron won't waive no-trade clause for any team


Report: LeBron won't waive no-trade clause for any team

It appears that for the 2017-18 season, LeBron James will play for the Cavaliers and only the Cavaliers.

LeBron will not waive his no-trade clause for any team, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

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LeBron is under contract for two more seasons, but he can opt and become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

As a result, Cleveland could lose the four-time MVP in a year and get nothing in return.

So even if the Cavs wanted to trade LeBron, they can't.

This report comes out within days after news leaked that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland.

In an ESPN story posted on Monday morning:

"Irving was tired of being Robin to James' Batman. Tired of having another superstar -- even one of the best players of all time -- in control of his fate. Yes, he had learned from James in the three seasons they'd played together. Yes, he was appreciative.

"But Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team, as he thought he was going to be three years ago, when he signed a five-year extension 11 days before James decided to come home."

Irving is under contract for three more seasons, but can opt out in the summer of 2019.

He is scheduled to make $18,868,625 next year and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- team-friendly numbers considering Irving's stature.

Things are about to get very interesting...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller