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Lincecum picked up his 12th win of the season Sunday, throwing two innings of shutout relief against the Padres.

It has been an up-and-down season for the former Cy Young award winner. He continued to pitch with less velocity on his pitches than he had during his early years, but he showed flashes of brilliance, such as his second no-hitter in as many seasons. In the end, Lincecum's inconsistency on the mound led to him being demoted to the bullpen down the stretch, where he will stay for the Giants' post-season run. Even though he finished the 2014 season in the pen, it would be hard to imagine the Giants not giving him a shot to start in 2015 considering the large contract they gave him last offseason.

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Lincecum surrendered five runs on seven hits over three innings of relief in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Lincecum was asked to enter the game in the second inning after Tim Hudson was lit up by the Dodgers. He didn't fare much better than his predecessor, getting hit hard by the Giants' divisional foe. Lincecum has made three appearances since being demoted to the bullpen, and the results have not been positive (10.50 ERA). Yusmiero Petit has been pitching relatively well since replacing Lincecum in the rotation, so it appears that Lincecum will remain in the long relief role for the near future.

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Lincecum will remain in the bullpen for the time being, CSN Bay Area reports.

Manager Bruce Bochy announced that Yusmiero Petit will stick in the rotation after his brilliant performance Thursday. This obviously keeps Lincecum in the bullpen unless one of the Giants' starters goes down with an injury. Reports say that pitching coach Dave Righetti has been pleased with Lincecum's form out of the pen. He has yet to be used as a reliever, but that should come sooner rather than later after almost a week off from game action.

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Lincecum will be passed over for Thursday's start against the Rockies in favor of Yusmeiro Petit, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He'll be available out of the bullpen Thursday.

The move doesn't come as a major surprise after manager Bruce Bochy indicated the team would reevaluate its rotation plans after Lincecum was tagged for six runs in 2.2 innings in his most recent turn Saturday vs. the Nationals. It's been established for some time that the two-time Cy Young winner in on the downside of his career, and he'll likely prove to be a much better asset out of the bullpen rather than in a starting role at this point. The Giants haven't closed the door on Lincecum returning to the rotation, but such a change would likely occur only if Petit bombs during his next couple of starts.

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After Lincecum was pounded for six runs (four earned) over 2.2 innings Saturday against the Nationals, manager Bruce Bochy was non-commital when asked if the right-hander would take the ball for his next scheduled turn, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "This is something we need to talk about internally, what our best option is," Bochy said. "We'll look at it and see what the best thing is for Timmy and for us the next time around."

Saturday's disaster marked the second-shortest start of Lincecum's career, and was the fifth time in his last six outings that he failed to pitch at least six innings. With the Giants fighting tooth and nail to secure a playoff spot, Bochy may have no choice but to hand a starting job to Yusmeiro Petit, while letting Lincecum reprise the high-leverage relief ace role that he filled with great success during the team's 2012 World Series run.

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Lincecum was atrocious Saturday, surrendering six runs -- four of them earned -- on 70 pitches in just 2.2 innings of work against the Nationals. The loss dropped his record to 10-9 on the season.

"The Freak" also issued four free passes, bringing his BB:K to 62:130 in 145.1 innings this year. Saturday's disastrous outing puts Lincecum's next start in serious jeopardy, so owners who have clung to the righty should pay close attention to manager Bruce Bochy and his decisions related to the Giants' rotation in the coming days.

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Lincecum allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out two in five innings to get the win in the Giants' 5-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Lincecum threw just 57 strikes in the outing and walked the most batters in a start since July 6. However, he stranded 10 Phillies batters to keep them at two runs. It was his best start since July 11, when he shut out the Diamondbacks.

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Lincecum was tagged for seven hits and six earned runs over 3.1 innings by Kansas City on Sunday. He walked three and punched out two.

Lincecum has had only one decent start over his last four assignments. The right-hander has lasted only 17 innings in that span, while allowing 23 hits and 20 earned runs. With the Giants off twice this coming week, Lincecum won't pitch again until Sunday in a home encounter with Philadelphia.

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Lincecum pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out eight batters in picking up a no-decision in the Giants loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Although he got a no-decision Tuesday, it was nice to see Lincecum rebound with a quality outing after two sub-par performances�where he allowed 11 runs in his last two starts (spanning just 7.2 innings). Lincecum has been up and down for most of the year and now owns a 4.22 ERA, 1.3O WHIP and 124:51 K:BB ratio in 134.1 innings this season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday on the road against the Royals.

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Tim Lincecum allowed five runs on five hits -- including two home runs -- over 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Lincecum has gotten rocked his last two times out, but the home runs are especially concerning -- before Wednesday, Lincecum had allowed just two home runs over his previous nine starts. They accounted for four of the Pirates' five runs against him, and he also walked three in the abbreviated start. He was spared the loss in the outing, so he'll remain 9-7 with a 4.21 ERA heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers.