By "What have you done for us lately?" standards, Tim Lincecum certainly ranks high, and yet that's certainly not all. Let's mark this down right from the start: [Lincecum] is irreplaceable. Before, during and definitely after his journey into No-Hit Wonderland last weekend, Lincecum has been the Giants' most compelling character and most powerful electrical current for nearly every millisecond of his seven seasons in black & orange. ... But ... that doesn't mean the Giants have to hold onto Lincecum forever, and I think in many ways it points to the inevitable conclusion that his time with the Giants will soon and logically come to a close. They should listen to trade offers before the July 31 deadline, and if they get a killer offer, the Giants should take it. (San Jose Mercury News) Comment
Entering the 2013 season with the momentum of Heisman hopes, Jadeveon Clowney said on Tuesday he's also becoming more comfortable in front of the media. [It] showed on Tuesday when he said Clemson's Tajh Boyd and three SEC quarterbacks were "scared" to face him and the Gamecocks defensive line. "I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," Clowney said. ... Clowney, who is a member of both the Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski watch lists this season, said he doesn't taunt other players on the field other than to say, "Block me." But the 6-foot-6, 247-pound athlete knows fear when he sees it in an opponent's eyes. He said he saw it in Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and a third SEC quarterback he didn't name. (ESPN.com) Comment
In the end, even if the numbers don't exactly add up, Victor Cruz is where he wants to be. Cruz's average salary in 2013 won't even put him in the top 10 average salaries of receivers, a list that includes the likes of DeSean Jackson and Devin Hester, both statistically less productive. "I'm not going to lie, it's tough," Cruz said on The Opening Drive. "When you understand from a numbers standpoint, and the numbers you put up you feel like you deserve a certain amount of money." ... Although he has no regrets about signing his new deal with Big Blue, Cruz admits it's "not easy' to look across the league and see guys with arguably less talent making more money. "I'm not going to say it's easy." (New York Daily News) Comment
Prince Fielder is known for his power, but he showed off his baserunning skills at the All-Star Game. Fielder safely dove into third base to notch a rare triple in the ninth inning. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)
Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera played in the final All-Star Game of his career at Citi Field on Tuesday night. In addition to winning MVP honors, he received a reception to remember when he made his way the mound.