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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
Tim Lincecum pitched his final game of the season Thursday, and it possibly was his final game as a Giant.
The two-time Cy Young Award is a free agent after the season, so his career as a Giant after seven seasons could be over.
"I wasn't trying to get to this day. I wasn't trying to get to free agency," Lincecum told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But in light of it, I'm going to try to take it for what it is and experience (free agency) and see what it has to offer. I can't knock anything off the table that I haven't seen on the table yet."
Over the years, Lincecum said he wanted to stay long-term with the Giants, but he realizes on an open market he must be open to other options.
"I've always said I'd like to see the relationship go further. But until I know what's on the table, I can't really dismiss anything else," he said. "I try to take advice from my agent and do something that's going to make me happy as well."
When Lincecum walked off the mound after the seventh inning, he got a roaring standing ovation. He got another earlier in the game when putting down a sacrifice bunt.
"This was probably one of the best sac bunts I've ever had in my life," he cracked.
In a year highlighted by his first career no-hitter, Lincecum finished 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA. His career ERA is 3.46, and he has 1,510 strikeouts, joining Tom Seaver and Bert Blyleven as the only pitchers since 1893 to record at least 1,500 strikeouts in their first seven big-league seasons.
Lincecum is transitioning from a strikeout pitcher to a pitch-to-contact pitcher. His strikeouts are down, but so are his walks.
"I remember mentioning after my second Cy Young that you can't really become content regardless of a good year or bad year," he said. "So I want to keep coming in with a positive mindset that anything can happen if I do the right things to make it happen."
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Padres (Burch Smith, 1-2, 5.87) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong, 3-6, 5.90)
--3B Pablo Sandoval was a late scratch from Thursday's starting lineup against the Dodgers due to flu-like symptoms. Sandoval also is battling back stiffness, according to manager Bruce Bochy. His status for Friday's series opener against the Padres is unknown. Sandoval's dependability was one reason the Giants clinched their first winning month since May on Thursday. Sandoval's two-run home run was the difference in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers. That night, he made his 135th start of the season. Sandoval made just 108 and 105 starts the previous two seasons. Sandoval ranks second on the team with 77 RBIs.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong might make the most expensive start of his career Friday when he opens a three-game home series against the Padres. The Giants must decide this offseason whether to exercise a $6.5 million option on Vogelsong's contract. Recent results must make Giants management think about going in another direction. Vogelsong allowed opposing hitters to bat .336 in his past five starts, a stretch in which he gave up 20 earned runs as his season ERA ballooned to 5.90. But Vogelsong has history on his side -- his remarkable comeback story contributed to the Giants' World Series run in 2012. Now he has a chance to make a lasting impression in a game Giants manager Bruce Bochy would like to win in an effort to catch the third-place Padres in the standings. Vogelsong has a 3-4 record and 5.96 ERA against the Padres in 15 career appearances (seven starts).
--RHP Tim Lincecum knows how Giants fans feel about him. He insists that will play a role in his decision where to play next season. Lincecum, a pending free agent, completed his seventh Giants season with an impressive outing Thursday, holding the playoff-bound Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in a game San Francisco eventually won 3-2. The sellout crowd in San Francisco gave the 29-year-old a standing ovation when he walked to the dugout after his work was done. It is clear where Giants fan stand on the former two-time Cy Young Award winner's future. The question is: What kind of offer is Giants management willing to make to baseball's losingest pitcher over the past two seasons, especially after Lincecum made a whopping $22 million this year.
--RHP Sergio Romo recorded saves in consecutive games Wednesday and Thursday, helping the Giants win a series over the Dodgers and wrap up an 11-8 triumph in the season series. With former Giants RHP Brian Wilson watching from the visitors' dugout, Romo recorded his 37th and 38th saves of the season. He needs two saves in three games this weekend against the Padres to become just the fourth Giant to have a 40-save season. Wilson accomplished the feat twice as a Giant with 41 saves in 2008 and 48 in the club's World Series-winning season in 2010.
--LHP Barry Zito was disappointed Wednesday night that he didn't get an opportunity to take the bow he planned for upon leaving what he presumed would be his final appearance for the Giants. It appears manager Bruce Bochy got the message. Bochy admitted after Thursday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers that he plans to find a way to get Zito into one of the three remaining home games against the Padres. Zito at one point put on his batting gloves and grabbed a bat during Thursday's win, an indication he might have been used as a bunter in a pinch-hitting role had the opportunity presented itself. It didn't. Any such cameo, including being used as a pinch runner, could earn Zito the final standing ovation he desires.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We couldn't get him a win, but we won the game. We all know what he's done. It's amazing what he's done at such a young age. We don't know what's going to happen. We hope he's here with us." -- Manager Bruce Bochy, on RHP Tim Lincecum, who made his final start of the year Thursday. Lincecum will be a free agent in the offseason.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Pablo Sandoval (flu-like symptoms) did not play Sept. 26. He is day-to-day.
--INF Joaquin Arias (sore left hamstring) was hurt Sept. 20, and he didn't play Sept. 21-26.
--2B Marco Scutaro (lower back soreness, sore left ring finger) left the Sept. 15 game, and he hasn't played since. The Giants announced Sept. 24 that Scutaro would miss the rest of the season. Scutaro also will undergo a procedure Sept. 27 to insert a pin into his left pinkie. He expects to be ready for spring training.
--LHP Jeremy Affeldt (sore left groin) returned from the disabled list Sept. 12. He pitched that day but hasn't appeared since. The team announced Sept. 20 that he would not pitch again this season.
--RHP Sandy Rosario (strained right hip) was hurt Sept. 17. He will not pitch the rest of the season.
--RHP Chad Gaudin (carpal tunnel syndrome on right side) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 17. He threw a simulated game Sept. 9. He threw a simulated game Sept. 13. The team announced Sept. 10 he would not pitch again this season.
--OF Andres Torres (left Achilles strain) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 30. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 28 to have bone spurs removed.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jose Mijares
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Sandy Rosario
RHP Santiago Casilla
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
RHP Guillermo Moscoso
RHP Jean Machi
LHP Mike Kickham
RHP Heath Hembree
RHP Jake Dunning
RHP George Kontos
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Tony Abreu
INF Nick Noonan
INF Ehire Adrianza
LF Gregor Blanco
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
OF/INF Brett Pill
OF Roger Kieschnick
OF Juan Perez
OF Francisco Peguero