Lincecum, Kennedy square off in SF-Arizona opener

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 05, 2012
The game between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks has just about everything a season opener needs. Rivals that expect to contend send a pair of the National League's best pitchers to the mound - two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum for San Francisco and Ian Kennedy, 21-4 in a breakout season a year ago, for Arizona. A capacity crowd at Chase Field will watch Friday evening's nationally televised contest, the opener of a three-game set that Lincecum says is "not do or die'' but still an opportunity for the Giants to, in his words, ''make a statement.'' Arizona clinched the NL West with a victory last Sept. 23 over a San Francisco team that was coming off a World Series championship in 2010.
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