March 12, 2008
By Rick Eymer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For Tim Lincecum, Spring Training is all about working on new things.
This time around, he's developing a different kind of slider than the one that helped make him the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year with the University of Washington in 2004 and 2006.
Lincecum is developing a slider that breaks harder than the "slurve" he used with the Huskies while leading the nation in strikeouts his final year in Seattle. He struck out 491 in his career there, most in Pac-10 history.
"I busted it out today and it felt good," Lincecum said. "Everybody goes on their own pace in the spring. I worked on it the last bullpen and figured I would use it in a full-bore game."
Lincecum worked two innings in Wednesday's 11-5 loss to the Padres, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.
"I need to throw more strikes, and more strikes on the knees," he said. "I also need to work on my rhythm."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it's just fine with him having Lincecum work on something during spring games.
"That's why you have Spring Training," he said.
The best news was that Lincecum didn't feel his groin strain that benched him for an extra four days.
"That might have set him back a little bit, but it's not an issue," Bochy said.
Lincecum is expected to take his regular turn on Monday in Tucson against the Rockies.
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