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Lincecum honing form as Giants blank Royals
March 08, 2014, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum pitched three strong innings and Hunter Pence homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Friday.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is coming off his third straight losing season. The Giants re-signed him to a two-year, $35 million contract in the offseason.

“Since the contract got finalized, it’s just about focusing on the season and the two years ahead of me,” Lincecum said.

Lincecum allowed two hits in the first inning, including a leadoff double to Norichika Aoki, who was out trying to steal third.

Lincecum’s fastball was mostly in the 89-91 mph range.

“I’m not really too worried about trying to get it up or where it is at,” Lincecum said. “It’s all about placement. I know if I set my sights low in the zone I’ll be better off.”

Pence hit his first home run to center in the sixth off Wade Davis.

Giants non-roster invitee Mark Minicozzi, who played for independent league teams from 2009-11, homered off Jon Rauch in the two-run ninth.

The Royals, who entered the game with a Cactus League-leading .332 batting average, managed just four hits,



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