Giants’ Lincecum tries for a fresh start

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Giants’ Lincecum tries for a fresh start

GLENDALE, Arizona - Tim Lincecum’s long hair is gone but don’t let the new image fool you. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is hoping he looks like the pitcher he was before struggling last season.

Lincecum gave up three runs and failed to get through two innings in his first spring training start Tuesday for the San Francisco Giants, an 8-8 tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 28-year-old right-hander worked with two trainers to increase his strength after going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA last year. He thrived as a reliever during the Giants’ run to a World Series championship but is poised to return as a starter this season.

Lincecum gave up four hits and was done for the day after Skip Schumaker’s two-run double with one out in the second inning. Still, he was happy with his effort. AP

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