Summing up the Giants’ 2-1 11-inning win over the Marlins on Saturday, Bruce Bochy said, “started with (Barry) Zito.” Three days after his father’s death, the left-hander pitched seven innings of one-run ball to help the Giants snap a nine-game losing streak at home against the Marlins. Tomorrow’s print story will be heavy on Zito’s performance and the respectful reactions of his teammates.
– Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee
It’s looking more and more likely that McFadden will have a big 2013-2014 season. Despite missing time in every professional season so far (2008-2012) due to injuries (knee, hamstring, foot, ankle), he’s been described as looking “energized” and “explosive” coming out of OTAs this past month. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson has been using more of a “downhill offense,” in which running backs simply square their shoulders and run, as opposed to running laterally and then cutting. McFadden is reportedly very excited about this new running scheme.
– Jen Cosgiff, Bay Sports Net
Players responsible for logging 85 percent of the 49ers’ offensive and defensive snaps last season remain on the 90-man roster at present. That is a high figure, but it’s also telling only part of the story.
Receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham remain on the roster, but neither is healthy enough to contribute. Crabtree could miss most of the 2013 season. Manningham might be ready for training camp and it’s unclear what plans the team might have for him when he does return.
– Mike Sando, ESPN