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Kendall Marshall demoted to reserve role with the return of Steve Nash and Steve Blake, who both started along side Jodie Meeks as the Lakers went with a smaller starting lineup with Pau Gasol out.
Marshall played only 21 minutes, the same total of minutes as Manny Harris whom the Lakers said they will not resign when his 10 day contract is up. How is that for a sign of respect for the way Marshall played while the veterans were out. Unless something miraculous happens with Mike D'Antoni's rotation the future looks even bleaker for Marshall as Jordan Farmar will soon be returning, as well, which would only add one more veteran guard for which Marshall will have to compete for minutes against.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Julius Thomas (calf) did not participate in OTA's Thursday.
The injury is considered minor right now and since OTAs are voluntary, Thomas sitting out isn't a big deal. Look for him to get some rest and take part in workouts in a few days. The former favorite red zone target for Peyton Manning has his work cut out for him in Jacksonville as he's going to need to step up his work between the 20's if he wants to succeed. Analysis: Howard Bender
Alex Wood is confident his early-season struggles are behind him.
After Wood out-dueled Zack Greinke on Wednesday, he commented that he thought he had his best mechanics working in this start and that he was confident that this was a great starting point for him for the duration of the season. Apparently, through the first five starts, Wood was having mechanical issues that affected his sinker and his changeup. Pitching coach Roger McDowell helped him through it and now he's on a run where he's allowed just two runs over his last 19 2/3 innings. if you thought he was high on people's radar to start the year, imagine the trade talk that is about to ensue. Analysis: Howard Bender
Grant Balfour is leaning toward retirement.
It's apparently obvious that no other teams have shown any interest in the veteran free agent. Ideally, he would like a major league contract, but if he has tp settle for a minor league deal, he wants some sort of assurance that he'll be brought up in a timely fashion. If he can't get that, he'll probably head back Down Under. Analysis: Howard Bender