Good morning, Bay Area. Hopefully you weren’t pranked yesterday, and you didn’t fall for our fake story.
Here are some enticing stories to spice up your AM:
Pryor impressed in his only career start but hasn’t nearly put up the numbers Flynn did in the two starts of his career. Of course McKenzie is taking the cautious approach in public by saying Flynn still has much to prove. Apparently he’s proven enough to have a fully guaranteed salary in 2013.
- Chris Shellcroft, Just Blog Baby
Kershaw became the first pitcher to hit a home run and throw a shutout on Opening Day since Cleveland’s Bob Lemon in 1953. Kershaw also lowered his career ERA against the Giants to 1.28, the best by any pitcher in history who has thrown at least 50 innings against them.
More than anything, Kershaw reminded everyone that baseball always has room for surprises. In 332 major-league plate appearances before Monday, he had one extra-base hit.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
The Raiders and Carson Palmer are doing a slow break-up right now — they’re studying each other (remotely, via agents and shadow-play intimations) and it sounds like they’re deciding they don’t love each other so much any more.
Awww, how sad. The Raiders want to shave down his $13 million salary, Palmer is resisting, and this all seems like it’s headed to Palmer leaving the Raiders via trade or release unless some last-minute rapprochement is achieved.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
Instead of going after a raw signal caller in the first four rounds, the 49ers were more interested in giving up one of their late picks and a little more money to buy some experience. Yet, this trade doesn’t necessarily mean Tolzien automatically moves down to No. 3 on the depth chart. Nor does it mean they’re done considering Pat White, who worked out for the New York Giants after playing catch with Harbaugh in Santa Clara.
- Steve Berman, Bay Area Sports Guy