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By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Lincecum deceptively ugly against Rockies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though rain wiped out the Giants' Cactus League affair Monday against the Colorado Rockies, the experience still counted for Tim Lincecum, whose pitching line was deceptively ugly.Before the game was stopped between halves of the third inning, Lincecum surrendered five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. A botched double-play attempt accounted for a first-inning unearned run. Colorado's Jose Lopez grounded a second-inning double past third base, where Pablo Sandoval might have caught the ball under better conditions. Leading off the third inning, Dexter Fowler tripled and scored when nobody bothered to pick up the relay throw from center fielder Andres Torres, who was charged with the error. "It was ugly out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It wasn't the greatest conditions. But he got his work in." Lincecum, who threw 61 pitches, believed that the outing furthered his preparation for his Opening Day start March 31 at Los Angeles. "Those strenuous innings might have even helped," Lincecum said. "I feel like I'm where I need to be."
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Proof of that came in the form of Lincecum's four strikeouts, reflecting the movement he maintained on his pitches.
Torres' faux-pas lightens the mood
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants leadoff hitter Andres Torres underwent a mildly embarrassing equipment change in the first inning of Monday's game.The switch-hitting Torres strode to the plate to bat right-handed against Colorado left-hander Matt Reynolds. Except Torres was wearing his left-handed-batting helmet, with the earflap on the right side. He hastily returned to the dugout to exchange headgear. "They started laughing," Torres said of his teammates. "What could I do? I laughed, too." Torres admitted that this wasn't the first time he had committed such a gaffe during a game. In the Minors, where players sometimes double as first-base coaches, Torres said that he once trotted out to the coaching box when the opposing team was batting. "Incredible," he said.
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