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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Preview: Tim Lincecum Looking to Start Series with a Bang

The last time Tim Lincecum took the mound for the San Francisco Giants he was getting roughed up by the Atlanta Braves at AT&T. Now he will be looking to keep the San Francisco Giants above .500 against the Washington Nationals in the Nation’s Capital this afternoon.

Lincecum (2-2 2.70) will be dueling it out with Jason Marquis (2-0 3.55 ERA) for the Nats, who are also looking to get above .500 as well with some wins during the 4 game series. Should prove to be a nice pitching matchup, but I was hoping for another one. Giants fans will unfortunately miss the opportunity to see former Giant Livan Hernandez pitch after he went for 8 innings last night to top the Mets; always nice to see Livan doing his thing. Marquis definitely is no slouch, sporting a 5/17 BB to K ratio while allowing only one homer in his 4 starts thus far.

The Giants offense need to get some crooked numbers on the scoreboard if they want to keep winning, and that all starts with quality at bats. Pablo Sandoval and Aaron Rowand had a handful of them in Pittsburgh, and hopefully can have even more in D.C. this afternoon and through the weekend.

First pitch is set for 4:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

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