Posted March 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
Two scoreless innings, no arm fatigue and no lingering pain from a blister on his pitching hand were enough for San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum to call Tuesday's outing a positive one. The right-hander couldn't make it to three innings, however, allowing three runs on four hits in 2 1-3 innings in his first spring training start since Feb. 26. The Giants fell to the San Diego Padres 6-2. Lincecum, a former two-time NL Cy Young Award winner who struggled to a 10-15 record last season, missed the past two weeks of spring training games with a blister on his right middle finger. ''No issues,'' he said after Tuesday's game. Lincecum threw 43 pitches, two under the limit manager Bruce Bochy had set for him. He struck out three and walked one. ''Getting that time off and then going out there for another inning, being able to get up and down was probably the biggest issue,'' said Lincecum, who was tagged for three runs in 1 1-3 innings of work in his previous start. ''I had some changeups at times, but every pitch really could have been better. I'm pleased all around with the way things went besides the result.'' Alexi Amarista and Mark Kotsay had run-scoring hits in the third off Lincecum. Kotsay has 10 hits in 17 spring training at-bats for a .588 batting average. ''He's had a great spring. A lot of hard contact,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''Third inning kind of got away from me just rhythm-wise, but it's nothing that I can't go back to a little bit of tape and put a little bit more focus on and fix next time out,'' Lincecum said. Padres starter Freddy Garcia, trying to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation, struck out six in four innings of work and allowed a run on three hits, including a solo home run from Giants pinch hitter Johnny Monell in the bottom of the third. ''The off-speed pitches down below the zone have good action. He's a tall guy that creates good angle,'' Black said of Garcia. ''Deceptive delivery and with his arm speed, can create great lack of timing for the hitter. When he gets that fastball command, it looks as though Freddy might be able to have all the weapons.'' Garcia had a 13.50 ERA entering the game and had given up three or more runs in his three previous spring training starts. Jesus Guzman doubled in two Padres runs in the fifth and Everth Cabrera reached base three times, stole two bases and scored twice. Guzman's double should have been a single, but Giants left fielder Cole Gillespie fell down trying to field the ball and it got past him. Former Giant Cody Ransom hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to make the score 6-1. The Giants also committed two errors in the game. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval appeared in his first game since re-joining the Giants from Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team. Sandoval was 0 for 3 and grounded into a double play. NOTES: Probable starting pitchers for the Giants this week include LHP Barry Zito on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, in Goodyear, Ariz.; RHP Yusmeiro Petit Thursday against a World Baseball Classic opponent to be determined and RHP Matt Cain Friday against Texas. ... Japan's WBC team will work out at Scottsdale Stadium, spring training home of the Giants, on Wednesday afternoon. The Giants play Japan the following day. ... Buster Posey, normally the Giants' catcher, got his second start of spring training at first base. . The club will face The Netherlands' WBC team on Thursday, with LHP Eric Stults getting the start. ... OF Cameron Maybin is close to returning from soreness in his back and could play as soon as Thursday, Black said. ... Padres LHP Clayton Richard is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. ... The announced crowd of 10,987 was the fifth spring training sellout this year for the Giants.

SF Giants Rumors: Did Bruce Bochy Call The Dodgers Paper Champions?

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News said (via Twitter) San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy smiled when asked about interaction with Dodgers fans. “I don’t ever talk to them. I try not to, anyway,” said Bochy. When asked about the Dodgers, Bochy called them the favorites in the division (Pavlovic tweet). “That’s what I’m hearing. It really doesn’t matter...

The best of the NL West

Welcome to our annual series of ‘best player by position’ per division across all of Major League Baseball. Our goal in this set of articles was to bring to light the player from each position that is the best in the division right now. No weight was given to a player’s glorious or dubious past. These are our opinions as to who is most likely to represent the division in top...

Giants' Pill to have right knee surgery

San Francisco Giants infielder-outfielder Brett Pill will have right knee surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus and is likely to miss 3 to 4 weeks. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Wednesday night that Pill would need the procedure, after the skipper earlier made the announcement in Arizona that Pill had injured the knee several weeks ago but tried to play through it. Athletic...

Fantasy Previews: San Fran. Giants

The 2012 season couldn't have gone any better for the Giants as it culminated in their second World Series championship in the three years. They coasted to an NL West title with a 94-68 record while relying on their steady pitching and clutch hitting. Then the team overcame 2-0 and 3-1 playoff deficits against Cincinnati and St. Louis, respectively, to go on to sweep the Tigers...

SF Giants Rumors: Bumgarner, Darvish, Tanaka, Torres, Jackson, Brown and Team Japan

  Credit: Steven Robles – Yesterday the San Francisco Giants beat the Rangers 2-1. Madison Bumgarner was on point and outshined the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Kensuke Tanaka is a former teammate of Darvish. They played together in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Tanaka singled off Darvish, and then poured salt in the wound by stealing a bag off of him as well...

Player Profile #36: Matt Cain | SP | SF

In three seasons from 2009-2011, Matt Cain was a great fantasy option for his perennially low ERA and WHIP. Unfortunately, his strikeout totals were lacking and kept him from being an SP1 in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. That changed last year as Cain’s Ks finally made the leap. From 2009-2011, those three great [...]

All MLB Media is Local- San Francisco Giants

We head to the Bay Area to examine the media outlets following the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Newspaper- The dominant daily in the city is the San Francisco Chronicle.   Its online sports page (and the rest of the paper online) is part of SF  The sports section has a page dedicated to the Giants. Henry Schulman

Giants 2, Rangers 1

Hunter Pence doubled, tripled and drove in both runs Monday in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers. Madison Bumgarner allowed a hit and a walk in four scoreless innings, his longest outing of spring training. Bumgarner struck out four and retired his final eight batters. After Kensuke Tanaka and Tony Abreu reached on infield singles in the third against...

Giants' Zito, Reds' Arroyo have solid outings

Barry Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1-3 innings and Bronson Arroyo gave up one earned run in four in the San Francisco Giants' 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series. Reds left...

Giants 9, Reds 5

Barry Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1-3 innings and Bronson Arroyo gave up one earned run in four in the San Francisco Giants' 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series. Reds left...

VIDEO: In the Ring with Hector Sanchez feat. Coach Paul Reyes

On this episode of "In the Ring" North Texas Fisticuff's Hector Sanchez catches up with renown boxing coach Paul Reyes to discuss his fighter Roberto Marroquin.

Episode 99: West Coast Fan Boys

Episode 99: West Coast Fan Boys is out! In the ninety-ninth episode, Thomas and Danny talk with Ashley Varela about Tim Lincecum’s 2013 chances, Brandon Belt’s power surge, backup infielders, and Ashley’s Mariners. Click on the image below to find it on iTunes: You can also find it on the RSS feed, or by clicking on the play button below. We look forward to your feedback...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 160: The Outlooks for Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss their expectations for Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay after their disappointing 2012 seasons and struggles this spring.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.