July 7, 2008
Former Washington pitcher Tim Lincecum, now the ace of the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff, has been named to the National League All-Star team. The All-Star game will be played next Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Lincecum, who played for the UW from 2004 to 2006 and earned the Golden Spikes Award as a junior, is the first former Husky to make the All-Star game since catcher Sammy White of the Boston Red Sox played for the American League in 1952.
The right-hander from Renton's Liberty High is currently 10-1 on the season, with a 2.49 earned run average and 122 strikeouts. He leads the National League in strikeouts and winning percentage and is second in ERA.
In a change to his pitching rotation, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will send Lincecum to the mound Tuesday vs. the New York Mets and then again on Sunday at Chicago, which likely means that he'll be unable to start the All-Star game, which had been a possibility.
Lincecum, who has been named by numerous pundits as an NL Cy Young candidate and appeared on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft after twice earning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors as a Husky.