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Must C Classic: Lincecum no-hits the Padres

Tim Lincecum returns to the mound at Petco Park on Wednesday for the first time since he no-hit the Padres, but that won't be at the forefront of his mind.

Lincecum has made eight starts since his first career no-no July 13, going 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA, and is looking forward to a strong finish to what could be his final season with the Giants, rather than reflecting on his previous visit to San Diego.

"It's a little bit more nostalgic for me, I guess you could say," said Lincecum, who will try to help the Giants avoid a three-game sweep. "But I'm not really thinking about that right now."

A free agent after the season, Lincecum has enjoyed consistent success at Petco Park. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts this season at the pitcher-friendly ballpark, not to mention 6-3 with a 2.22 ERA for his career.

"It's always cool coming here just because of our following and the type of fan base we have here," said Lincecum, 8-13 with a 4.38 ERA in 27 starts this season. "And it's always nice to pitch in this kind of park as well."

While Lincecum is not sure whether he will remain with the Giants beyond this season, the Padres and Will Venable agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $8.5 million Tuesday, which will cover the outfielder's last two arbitration years (2014-15).

Venable, 30, is hitting .272 with 19 doubles, 20 home and 49 RBIs in 130 games this season. The left-handed-hitting Venable batted .309 in July and then hit .367 in 26 games in August, when he notched 40 hits.

"Will has been very valuable on our roster," said San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes. "... Not only has he done what we've asked him to do, but he's done even more."

Venable has seen plenty of Lincecum over the years and is 10-for-45 (.222) in his career against the Giants right-hander, with three extra-base hits and 17 strikeouts.

Padres: Stults looks to turn page
San Diego starter Eric Stults had a forgettable August, going 0-2 with a 5.10 ERA in five starts. But the left-hander has pitched well this season at home and will look to turn things around Wednesday in his first start of September.

The Padres are 9-4 this year when Stults gets the ball at Petco Park. Over his past 11 starts at home since May 7, the veteran is 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA. San Diego is 8-3 in those starts, during which Stults is holding opponents to a .206 average.

Stults is winless in eight outings in the second half, though he's tossed five quality starts in that time. He has not won since he beat the Giants at home July 14.

Giants: September callups arrive
The Giants added eight players from the Minor Leagues on Tuesday, taking advantage of expanded rosters for the final month of the season.

San Francisco promoted outfielders Juan Perez and Francisco Peguero, infielders Ehire Adrianza and Nick Noonan, catcher Johnny Monell and relievers George Kontos, Jake Dunning and Heath Hembree, the Giants' No. 6 prospect according to MLB.com.

Despite the extra bodies, manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't plan on changing much in his preparation for each game.

"I'll find my spots to get [the callups] in the game," Bochy said. "Some of them will start, but at the same time, we're going to be playing to win every game. Our regulars are going to be out there."

Worth noting
• Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 9-for-17 (.529) lifetime against Stults, with two doubles, one triple and three RBIs.

• The Padres promoted right-handed pitchers Anthony Bass, Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday.

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