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Lincecum as closer could solidify Giants’ pen

By TED SILLANPAA With the trade deadline nearing, teams are expressing interest in Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Lincecum — as a relief pitcher. The Tigers, reportedly, are one of many teams to have asked about Lincecum’s availability. Media members are quick to point out that Lincecum will be a free agent at the end of this season. Given his 2-year fall from Cy Young Award-level grace, it actually makes sense that some suggest the Giants consider trading Lincecum if they… Read More »

Giants show Brian Wilson it’s a business

By TED SILLANPAA The San Francisco Giants did the right thing not offering Brian Wilson the $6.8 million deal that would’ve been the minimum necessary to retain rights to the closer who is coming back from his second Tommy John Surgery. We don’t know when Wilson will be full strength, so sending him into free agency was the only appropriate business decision. The Giants didn’t need to do what general Brian Sabean did on Friday, however, when the famously bearded… Read More »

Lincecum, Zito to open in NLCS pen

Saturday night: Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito will both be available to pitch in relief during the first two games of the National League Championships Series against the Cardinals. The series begins Sunday at 5 p.m. Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain will start the first three games for San Francisco. The Game 4 starter will be determined based, in part, on how much Lincecum or Zito are needed in relief in… Read More »

Giants won with bad pitch in maddening, wonderfu

BY TED SILLANPAA Yeah, I wrote here Saturday night that the baseball gods had spit on the Giants and shown the Reds to be the best team in the National League. I ended by writing that the Giants could still win the National League Division Series, but that they just had to beat a better team to do it. The Giants beat the Reds … winning three gut-wrenching games in a row in Cincinnati … to advance to the NL… Read More »

Giants playoff roster: How many pitchers?

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants had 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the 2010 postseason roster. There’s no reason to think the club won’t do roughly the same thing this fall. The only real question in 2010 was whether or not to carry Barry Zito on the postseason roster. It wasn’t so much a tough call based on his performance, but rather based on the reality that professional sports franchises don’t typically bench and embarrass their most highly-paid players.… Read More »