Pitching will previal for Giants despite lackluster start 

So many thoughts, so early in a Giants season ...

Miguel Tejada has looked better as the Giants’ starting shortstop than I ever thought he would.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Giants’ defense has looked worse than I could have imagined. 

Aubrey Huff as an outfielder has proven to be a much greater liability than previously advertised.

I’m no longer convinced Pablo Sandoval will be in a Giants uniform two years from now.

Brandon Belt finds a way to have an impact on every game he plays. That is a rare trait.

No matter how badly the Giants are playing, one genuine joy of living in the Bay Area has returned: having Kruk (Mike Krukow) and Kuip (Duane Kuiper) calling a Giants game in the other room, and their broadcast echoing throughout the house.

Even though the Giants’ starting rotation posted a 1-3 mark its first time through, its combined 2.60 ERA figures to be a sign of better things to come.

- Scan the internet, and you’ll find a thousand stories boasting a thousand different scenarios surrounding Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers’ 2011 starting quarterback. He’s trading for Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Kevin Kolb.

He’ll sign Mark Bulger. Carson Palmer is on his way. Alex Smith will be a holdover. Harbaugh will trade up to get Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert. He’s going to draft a super sleeper. Just a lot of useless noise. All of it.

- The Sharks look like they’re on a roll into the playoffs. Is that a good thing or bad thing? They’re scoring plenty of goals, but still surrendering too many to make any Sharks fan comfortable looking ahead to the postseason.

- I’ve never rooted for Phil Mickelson. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way early in his career. However, I have come to admire him as a class act.

As the defending Masters champion, Mickelson had the honor of selecting the menu for the champions’ dinner, and he chose a Spanish menu honoring Seve Ballesteros, who was absent battling a brain tumor.

Mickelson recounted, as a 17-year-old playing his first PGA Tour event in San Diego, playing a practice round with Ballesteros.

“He was every bit the gentleman I thought he was and more, and I just want to let him know that we are thinking of him,” Mickelson said before the Masters began this week.

- If you’ve ever had the slightest inkling of interest in what a high-stakes, world-class level soccer match is like, Tuesday’s match between Manchester United and Chelsea, two of the Big Four teams in the English Premier League, fits the bill. It’s the second leg of a home-and-home series that determines which club advances to the semifinals of the Champions League, the annual tournament that determines the champion of Europe.

Tim Liotta is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner. Email him at tliotta@sfexaminer.com.

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