Jul 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito (75) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/31: Zito's Final Start, Thompson Has Most to Prove, Raiders Looking for TE

Did Zito Make His Final Start for the Giants? 

With Wednesday’s nonwaiver trade deadline approaching, fans wonder if they have seen Tim Lincecum’s final start as a Giant. They might have been thinking about the wrong guy.

Barry Zito threw 45 pitches in the first inning, allowed Carlos Ruiz’s first homer of the season and did not finish the fourth inning in Tuesday night’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies in the first of three at Citizens Bank Park.

The Giants lost their fifth in a row and Zito remained winless on the road in 2013, falling to 0-7 with a 9.97 ERA after he allowed four runs. His next start would be Sunday in Tampa Bay.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Thompson Has the Most to Prove 

With so many other options on offense, Thompson won’t be called upon to be a top scorer every night. As like many other elite teams in the Western Conference, he could become the player on the Warriors who primarily contributes by making 3-pointers on offense and plays great defense.

With lower expectations, he should easily take another step forward in his development. Depending on what the coaching staff wants, he can stay in his comfort zone as a stand-still, wide-open 3-point shooter. In what should be his easiest season to date given the talent around him, Thompson can work on excelling his best qualities.

– Austin Chang, Yahoo! Sports

Raiders Look for Tight End to Step Up 

If Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie could sit at a computer and construct a tight end from the players he has in camp, replacing the 79 receptions from the departed Brandon Myers wouldn’t be an issue.

Instead, the Raiders are watching the position group closely, hoping someone leaps to the forefront the way Myers did a year ago.

– Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group

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