Although there is little on the line for the remainder of the regular season, the NL West-champion San Francisco Giants realize it's still important to play with the same intensity as if they were fighting for a playoff spot.
This is especially true for Tim Lincecum, who is trying to earn a spot in the postseason rotation.
Lincecum looks to win three straight starts for the first time all season when he takes the ball for the Giants in Tuesday's series opener against an Arizona Diamondbacks team clinging to dwindling playoff hopes.
A day after winning their second division title in three years, Bruce Bochy decided to rest his regulars for Sunday's finale with San Diego. Not surprisingly, San Francisco (89-64) lost 6-4, just its second defeat in 12 games.
The Giants, who seem unlikely to catch NL Central-champion Cincinnati or what will likely be Washington coming out of the East, are expected to have their regulars back in the lineup against the Diamondbacks.
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