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Giants vs. Padres Preview: All-Star Timmy Gets Start on Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July everybody, hope that you all are enjoying some sunshine and hot dogs on this great American holiday.

And what a better way to celebrate than with some of America's pastime between the NL West rival San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.  Two-time Cy Young Award winner and 2011 All-Star Tim Lincecum is set to take the mound against Clayton Richard for the Padres at AT&T Park, with the Giants more than happy to be done with the AL Central and the rest of interleague play.

Lincecum has been in true All-Star form over his last few starts, allowing only three earned runs in 20 innings pitched despite a 1-1 record over that span. He's also posted a 28/9 K/BB ratio despite the off and on offense not picking him up in his starts.

The offense has registered 44 runs in their last seven games away from AT&T Park though; hopefully they can bring the bats back to the Bay.

The Padres Clayton Richard has been stellar lately as well, coming off the sixth start of the season in which he went at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs. Unfortunately it was the first of those he actually won, a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.