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CHICAGO -- Jason Grilli is off to a rough start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager Clint Hurdle thinks he knows the best way to get the key reliever back on track. Michael Strahan Jersey . Hurdle announced Friday that Mark Melancon would close games for the Pirates in place of Grilli, who has blown four save opportunities this year after converting 33 of 35 chances last season. "Theres no safety net for a closer. There never is," Hurdle said before the opener of a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. "So he wont have to deal with that for a while, which I think will help." Grilli allowed a tying homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning of Thursdays 4-3 victory over Cincinnati. The veteran right-hander, who made the All-Star team last year for the first time, has yielded at least one run in three of his past four outings, and his four homers allowed this season matches his total from all of last year. The 37-year-old Grilli is 0-2 with 11 saves and a 4.34 ERA in 20 games this year. He was sidelined for a month after straining his left oblique in late April. For now, Hurdle said he will use Grilli when the Pirates are trailing. "Hes all about doing whats best for the club and getting better," Hurdle said. "Well definitely need him as the season plays out." Melancon is 1-2 with 10 saves in 13 chances and a 1.89 ERA in 35 games this year. He has not allowed a run in eight games and 7 1-3 innings in June. Hurdle said he also could use Tony Watson in a save opportunity. Dexter Lawrence Youth Jersey . James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the energized Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Dwyane Wade added 24 points and Chris Bosh had 22 for the Heat, idle since a 90-84 loss Tuesday at Indiana. Dalvin Tomlinson Giants Jersey . The Toronto Maple Leafs forward and Nashville Predators goaltender highlighted Mondays waiver transactions, with Calgarys Chuck Kobasew and Edmontons Philip Larsen also being placed on waivers. http://www.giantsrookiestore.com/Giants-Eli-Manning-Jersey/ . They find themselves trying to knock each other out in the Western Conference finals for the second straight year. The Blackhawks prevailed last year on their way to the Stanley Cup, and they have the early lead this time after taking the opener, 3-1.OAKLAND, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers are playing themselves right out of the playoff picture.Two duds in 11 days. A faltering quarterback and offence. A nonexistent pass rush against a rookie quarterback.Colin Kaepernick followed one of his worst outings as a pro with another surprising flop, and Jim Harbaughs 49ers were stunned by the Oakland Raiders franchise that gave him his coaching start in a 24-13 defeat Sunday.Now, will the Raiders give him his next job?Harbaugh sparked further chatter about where he might wind up next season when he walked out of the tunnel and straight to Raiders owner Mark Davis for a quick chat. Harbaugh worked as an offensive assistant with the Raiders in 2002-03 under late owner Al Davis.My priorities are No. 1 winning football games, No. 2, with the welfare of our players, coaches and our staff, and lastly is what my personal and professional future is, said Harbaugh, who was later asked if he even wanted to be back, My priorities are winning games.Kaepernick threw an interception on the first play, and found himself on his backside following a fifth sack when it finally ended with the Raiders (2-11) celebrating on their home field a week after a 52-0 loss at St. Louis.These Niners (7-6) hardly look like a team that entered the season with the swagger of a franchise that has reached three straight NFC championship games and had a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality for 2014. That Whos got it better than us? No-body! has quickly turned to a mantra of playing to stave off elimination each week.Theyre not doing it.From dominant to dumbfounded.I dont think we overlooked this team, tight end Vernon Davis said.Kaepernick went 18 for 33 for 174 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The five sacks gave him a league-high 43 this year.Im giving everything I have every time I step on the field, succinct-as-ever Kaepernick said. I have to play better. I havent played well.Phil Dawsons 20-yard field goal midway through the third gave the 49ers a brief lead. But he missed wide left from 47 yards with about five minutes left and had an earlier 54-yarder negated by a holding penalty.Rookie Derek Carr produced one of his best performances and completely outclassed KKaepernick, who said a cameraman got too close to his face at halftime and, If I put something real close to your face youre going to try to move out of the way, too. Harry Carson Giants Jersey. A defence that has carried San Francisco in recent weeks when the offence couldnt find a groove showed its flaws against the NFLs biggest loser.Carr rarely faced any pressure, giving him plenty of time to find open receivers downfield. He hit Mychal Rivera down the middle for a 27-yard gain and completed all five of his passes for 73 yards on the go-ahead drive.Carr threw three touchdown passes, including a 9-yarder to Marcel Reece late in the third quarter that gave the Raiders the lead for good. The Raiders and 49ers renewed their rivalry at the Coliseum for the first time since 2002.They were able to go out there and take advantage of the mistakes we made. He did a good job of getting the ball out and using his protection, linebacker Aldon Smith said. I dont know if shocks the word Im going to use. Were a competitive team, were a good team and every week we go out I expect for us to win. So I wasnt expecting the result.The 49ers surrendered the first back-to-back touchdown drives for the Raiders all season.Offensive lineman Donald Penn even got into the action for Oakland, catching a 3-yard TD pass from Carr. It was the 330-pound offensive linemans third career touchdown and second against San Francisco.49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks was benched for missing a defensive meeting Tuesday morning, though he made it to a domestic violence meeting an hour later. He said he wasnt told he wouldnt start or not play at all.They have their plan of what they want to do and all I can do as a player is just abide by the rules, he said. No, I do not agree. Im just a player, Im just a number.NOTES: CB Chris Culliver injured his left knee when he went down with 11:03 left in the second quarter, but said afterward he was OK. Culliver missed the 2013 season because of a torn ACL in the same knee. ... San Francisco LG Mike Iupati injured an elbow and rookie C Marcus Martin injured his right knee when Kaepernick was sacked with 5:20 left.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '