Odrisamer Despaigne dazzled in his MLB debut Monday with seven innings of shutout ball as the Padres defeated the Giants 6-0.
The Cuban defector put on a surprising show in his debut holding a Giants team that has been one of the best home hitting teams in all of baseball to just four hits without issuing a walk while striking out one. Despaigne was filling in for the injured Andrew Cashner and could possibly be in line to make another start this weekend at home against the DBacks, but that decision has yet to be made official.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender