Tim Lincecum has tweaked his delivery, altered his workload between starts, changed his diet, and even his hair, trying just about anything in recent years to rediscover his old Cy Young form.
Maybe his first career no-hitter will do the trick at last.
"I think any time you throw that well, which he's been throwing the ball well even before that, should do a lot for his confidence,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's in a good place. His delivery and where he's at as far as confidence, I like where Timmy's at.''
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner will pitch again Monday night for the Giants against the Cincinnati Reds, giving the home fans at AT&T Park a chance to cheer his July 13 no-hitter at San Diego that provided the first-half highlight for the reigning World Series champions.
Lincecum took some time to celebrate the latest special moment in what has become an up-and-down career, albeit not for long.