LOS ANGELES -- Tim Lincecum hasn't reverted to keeping his hair close-cropped as he did during his first two Giants seasons. But for the immediate future, he won't remind anybody of wild-maned Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, either.Lincecum received approximately a two-inch trim before the Giants left for Los Angeles on Thursday. The right-hander's hair remains long enough for him to wear it in a ponytail, as he sometimes does in the privacy of the clubhouse.
"But it slips out now," he said Friday.
Torres adjusts as pitchers change approach
LOS ANGELES -- Since Andres Torres established himself as the Giants' everyday leadoff hitter, as well as a performer who could receive some votes on the bottom half of baseball writers' Most Valuable Player ballots, he has noticed that pitchers are approaching him differently."I see a lot of breaking balls and changeups," Torres said. "I have to keep my hands back." Torres entered Friday in a 1-for-12 skid. Fortunately for the Giants, that lone hit was a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 5-2 victory over Colorado. Overall, Torres is batting .282 and has 62 extra-base hits, which tied him for fifth in the National League. Naturally, Torres focused more on his mini-slump than on his success. "I need to make more adjustments," he said.
Wilson ready to ramp up workouts
LOS ANGELES -- Fatigue nags plenty of players at this juncture of the season. Consider Brian Wilson exempt from this problem.Though Wilson's on pace to finish with career highs in saves (46), appearances (69) and innings (73), the Giants closer believes that he needs to exercise more, not less. Wilson intends to intensify his cardiovascular sessions, which he believes will help sustain him through the postseason if San Francisco qualifies. "I gotta amp it up, workout wise," said Wilson, who pitched in four consecutive games before Thursday's scheduled off-day. "We have a chance to go into October. I haven't played baseball in October before so I gotta work out a little harder. A lot of people back off, but have those people been working out the whole year? I can't just back off. This is when your body needs it the most, I feel. I don't need rest." Wilson's recent workload suits him.
"For me, I don't mind pitching three days in a row, then taking a day off, pitching two more days, then another day off," the two-time All-Star said. "You get acclimated with your motion, your mechanics and baseball as a whole. You get out on the mound and have a good feel for what's going on."Wilson entered Friday with a National League-high 38 saves and needed one save to tie Greg Minton for fourth on the franchise's San Francisco-era all-time list with 125.
Ray's return bolsters Giants bullpen
LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Chris Ray's reinstatement from the 15-day disabled list may appear to be a minor transaction, but not to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.Bochy was happy to welcome back Ray, who will increase the bullpen's depth.
"This is going to help," Bochy said.Ray was 3-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 appearances with the Giants before he missed 14 games with a right intercostal strain. Ray's return hiked the Giants' pitching staff to 13, including eight relievers. Those numbers will rise to 14 and nine, respectively, when right-hander Guillermo Mota (IT band syndrome) returns from the DL.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.