Tim Lincecum has Career Day....at the Plate

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Tim Lincecum knows he has a much betterchance to win a third straight Cy Young Award than a Silver Sluggertrophy.

Still, he enjoys handling the bat - particularly when he getsthe kind of results he did against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lincecum scattered four hits over six innings and set careerhighs with three hits and three RBIs, leading the San FranciscoGiants to a 9-0 victory over the sloppy Dodgers on Saturday.

"That was a good day hitting for me. So if you put it alltogether, yeah, it was a pretty good day," Lincecum said. "ButI'm not going to start bragging about my batting average and startgiving out hitting lessons any time soon."

The two-time All-Star got all three of his RBIs againstknuckleballer Charlie Haeger before the Dodgers got their first hitagainst him, helping the Giants build an early 5-0 lead. Lincecumdrove in batterymate Bengie Molina with San Francisco's first run,pushing a bunt single past the mound in the second inning.

"I was thinking sacrifice, and I was trying to bunt it thatway. It just happened to be hard enough to get it past thepitcher," he said.

In the third, Lincecum came up with the bases loaded and strokeda two-run single to right-center.

"I was guessing fastball in that count," said the 5-foot 11,163-pound pitcher, who had only three RBIs last season in 66at-bats. "He started me off 1-0 and probably didn't want to get to2-0. So I just guessed right."

Lincecum (3-0) struck out seven and walked two. He has allowedjust two runs over 20 innings in his first three starts.

"This kid's special, to accomplish what he has already,"Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's got great stuff, poise, andhe's so competitive. We had a tough game here last night, and thenhe comes out and pitching like that and do the things he was doingoffensively. That's impressive. But nothing he does surprises meanymore."

Lincecum is one of four NL pitchers with back-to-back Cy Youngawards, along with Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux.Johnson and Maddux each won it in four consecutive seasons, butLincecum isn't looking that far ahead.

"I don't know. I'm not the one who picks it, and it's way tooearly in the season to even know if it's going to happen thisseason," he said. "It's one of those things you hope for. But nomatter how well a pitcher does, it's not just up to him who getsthe Cy Young."

Dodgers manager Joe Torre fielded a lineup that was missingcatcher Russell Martin (0 for 13 against Lincecum), third basemanCasey Blake (0 for 9) and shortstop Rafael Furcal (3 for 14). As aresult, they were quite vulnerable on defense - and it showed.

Errors by reserve shortstop Jamey Carroll and backup catcherA.J. Ellis - who also committed a passed ball in the inning thatenabled Nate Schierholtz to score - helped the Giants score fourruns in the third.

Haeger (0-1) retired only eight of the 22 batters be faced,throwing 94 pitches in three-plus innings. The right-hander wascharged with seven runs - five earned - seven hits and five walks,and also hit a batter.

"The whole outing was just awful," Haeger said. "It was justa pathetic performance, really. I was just fighting it to findcommand. Five walks and a couple of hits will get you in trouble."

Giants center fielder and leadoff hitter Aaron Rowand was out ofthe lineup, one day after a fastball from Dodgers right-handerVicente Padilla left him with two small broken bones in his leftcheekbone and a mild concussion. Left fielder Mark DeRosa wasremoved from the game in the fourth for a pinch-hitter afterstraining his right hamstring.

Garret Anderson started in left field for Manny Ramirez, wholeft Friday's series opener with tightness in his right calf - buthad a scheduled day off, anyway.

NOTES: The one constant in the longtime rivalry between theDodgers and Giants has been Vin Scully, who on Sunday will mark the60th anniversary of his first day in the Dodgers' broadcast boothwith Red Barber and Connie Desmond. "I feel only overwhelminggratitude," Scully told the Associated Press. "You feel blessedthat you've lived that long, that you've been allowed to do whatyou love to do for that long, and that my health has held up allthose years. It's humbling to think that you've been that fortunateand that God has blessed you with that time. That first team, theso-called 'Boys of Summer,' that was my graduating class. I mean,look at the team then. I had Don Newcombe, Gil Hodges, JackieRobinson, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider,Carl Furillo and Carl Erskine. That was such an amazing collectionof players, so I guess that was the team that made the mostimpression on me."

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