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Date announced for another Tim Lincecum showcase

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Date announced for another Tim Lincecum showcase

The Tim Lincecum comeback attempt is in full swing as he will again throw a bullpen in front of scouts in hopes of being signed to a minor or major league contract. 

Lincecum will audition on the mound for teams next week on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball. According to Boddy, no media will be allowed access to the showcase. 

This offseason, Lincecum has trained at Boddy's data-driven facility in Seattle. This is a big change from the past where Lincecum typically worked out with his father. The emergence of a possible Lincecum comeback, who did not pitch in 2017, first became a reality when Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino posted a picture of the two-time Cy Young winner with a glove on his hand and clearly in training shape. 

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Lincecum, now 33, last pitched in 2016 with the Angels after nine seasons with the Giants. His switch to the American League couldn't have gone much worse. In nine starts, Lincecum went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched. 

Over nine seasons with the Giants, Lincecum dazzled fans and compiled a 108-83 record, 3.61 ERA and struck out 1,704 batters in 1,634.2 innings pitched. 

Watch Gorkys make incredible throw home, get rewarded by replay review

Watch Gorkys make incredible throw home, get rewarded by replay review

Gorkys Hernandez's personal highlight reel is going to be pretty long at the end of the season.

On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Giants center fielder added a great play to that reel.

With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp floated a broken-bat single into center. With second baseman Brian Dozier heading home from second, Hernandez came up firing and made a perfect throw to Buster Posey. Posey slapped the tag on Dozier, but home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called Dozier safe. Immediately, Posey and Brandon Belt pointed to the Giants dugout asking them to review the play.

Hernandez was rewarded as the replay officials on the East Coast overturned the call on the field and ruled Dozier out. The play kept the game tied 0-0.

Giants notes: Why Joe Panik is on the bench for the third straight game in LA

Giants notes: Why Joe Panik is on the bench for the third straight game in LA

LOS ANGELES — The first time the Giants visited the Dodgers this season, Joe Panik won a pair of games with homers. This time around, Panik will leave Dodger Stadium without having made a start. 

Panik was on the bench again Wednesday as the Giants faced a left-handed starter for the third consecutive game. The opening day starter is in a platoon, and while Bruce Bochy thought about having Panik at second base against Hyun-Jin Ryu, he ultimately went with Alen Hanson, noting the latter had a big contribution a night earlier.

Bochy said he’ll keep Panik busy the rest of this trip. The Giants will face three right-handed starters in Cincinnati this weekend and the Mets also are right-handed-heavy. 

“We’ll see a lot of right-handers so he’ll get his at-bats,” Bochy said. “Once we get on the road here it’ll be the other way.”

Panik is hitting just .236 this season and has only two homers since taking Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen deep that opening week. He has a .459 OPS against left-handed pitchers and has given time up to Hanson and Chase d’Arnaud since returning from his second DL stint. 

Panik may start all three games this weekend, and pitchers aside, there’s a good reason to run him out there in New York. The New York native has always played well close to home, posting a .812 OPS at Citi Field. 

“I can’t sit a New Yorker in New York,” Bochy said, smiling. 

—- Jeff Samardzija will face hitters again Friday in Cincinnati. If all goes well, he will start a rehab assignment. Samardzija figures to be about three weeks away from being a rotation option. 

—- Bochy, a day later, on Yasiel Puig: “There are certain players in the league that I think you look at as guys that other players get frustrated with, a lot of drama and things like that. But you know what, the game has changed a lot. It has.”

Bochy has said that several times over the past couple of seasons. He is old-school, but he no longer gets worked up about bat flips and all the excess emotion in today’s game. Some of his players still do, and on Tuesday that cleared the benches. 

Puig was in Wednesday’s lineup. MLB was not expected to hand down any discipline until Thursday.