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September 26, 2013
Giants, Dodgers lineups: Lincecum makes final start of 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy didn't want to discuss the possibility of tonight being Tim Lincecum's final start as a Giant.

"I don't want to go into that too much because I certainly hope that Timmy is back with us," Bochy said. "Timmy has been such a pleasure all my years here, and I hope that continues."

Lincecum, of course, will be a free agent when the season ends. He'll make his last start of 2013 tonight in the series finale against the Dodgers, attempting to avoid tying his career high of 15 losses set last season. Lincecum is currently 10-14 with a 4.44 ERA.

It will be Lincecum's 22nd career start -- and 23rd appearance -- against the Dodgers. He's 9-6 with a 2.94 ERA in thouse outings, with the ERA being the fifth-lowest against the Dodgers of all active pitchers. The record would probably be better had it not included so many duels with Clayton Kershaw.

Here's the Giants' lineup behind Lincecum tonight. Pablo Sandoval was originally in the lineup, but was scratched after arriving at the park with flu-like symptoms.

CF Pagan
LF Blanco
1B Belt
C Posey
RF Pence
2B Abreu
SS Crawford
3B Noonan
P Lincecum

And the Dodgers' lineup against Lincecum:

RF Puig
LF Carwford
SS Ramirez
1B Gonzalez
CF Kemp
3B Uribe
2B Ellis
C Fedorowicz
P Volquez

* The Giants announced they will hold a moment of silence before tonight's game in honor of Jonathan Denver, the 24-year-old Dodgers fan who was stabbed to death several blocks from AT&T Park after attending Thursday night's game. The Dodgers said through their Twitter account that Denver was the son of a Dodgers security guard.

"It's a shame we're seeing this around sporting events," Bochy said. "Obviously we'd like to keep any rivalry on the field, and it just breaks your heart that this young man has lost his life. I don't get it."

It comes only two years after the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium that left Stow with brain trauma. Bochy was asked if teams can do anything more to emphasize to fans the importance of keeping rivalries on the field.

"I don't know what else can be done except for the message we can get out of, hey, let the two teams compete and battle it out on the field," Bochy said. "Enjoy it and be fans, appreciate it just like we do."

* With a win tonight the Giants would ensure themselves a winning month of September. They're currently 13-10 this month. Their last winning month was May, when they went 14-13.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Bay Area Baseball

Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
Phone: (916) 321-1015.
On Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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