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Tim Lincecum had ridiculous In-N-Out Burger order during Giants peak

Tim Lincecum had ridiculous In-N-Out Burger order during Giants peak

Few baseball players were as electrifying as former Giants ace Tim Lincecum at the peak of his powers. Even fewer could probably match his typical order from In-N-Out Burger.

MLB.com’s Chris Landers compiled a list of baseball players’ weirdest diets, and Lincecum’s go-to selections at the legendary West Coast fast-food chain made the cut.

Fresh off his first World Series win and not yet two years removed from winning back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards, Lincecum revealed to reporters during spring training in 2011 that he would order three double-doubles (with ketchup but sans lettuce and tomatoes), two sets of french fries and a chocolate-strawberry milkshake.

No wonder they called him "The Freak."

The meal adds up to 3,150 calories. In Lincecum’s defense, participating in the national pastime -- as can partaking in one of his favorite pastimes -- worked up quite the appetite.

"For me it's always been harder to put on weight than to take it off,'' Lincecum said in March 2011 (via ESPN’s Jim Caple). "It can drop easily for me because my metabolism is through the roof. I sweat a whole s--tload. Given that, I try to fight it by eating often and eating a lot when I can until I'm full. And even then, just trying to stuff it in.''

Lincecum cut back a bit heading into the 2012 season, in which he ultimately won his second World Series ring. Specifically, he cut one burger from the order.

“Just don’t make sure you pick up the third one,” he quipped to Andrew Baggarly, then with Bay Area News Group.

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Considering that the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans estimate the necessary daily caloric intake for adult women ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 calories and 2,000 to 3,000 for men, it goes without saying you shouldn’t regularly pull a Lincecum. He was, after all, a professional athlete in his early 20s.

I wouldn’t be opposed to putting “No. 55” on the secret menu, though.

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Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants are set to begin a daunting 10-game road trip Monday that could dramatically alter their 2020 season, as they will square off against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros away from home over the next week and a half.

The Giants (5-5) start their trip at Coors Field against the surprising Rockies (6-2). The Giants are coming off a series win against the Texas Rangers, while the Rockies most recently took two out of three from the San Diego Padres.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Rockies online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 3

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. PT -- First pitch at 12:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

It was just a single, and Pablo Sandoval ended up standing on first and watching three straight teammates strike out. But his hit in the second inning Tuesday might have been one of the more well-timed ones of his second stint with the Giants. 

All MLB teams have to cut from 30 to 28 players on Thursday morning, and with that deadline looming, it was not hard to look at Sandoval's stat line and see a potentially tough decision coming for the front office. Sandoval still has just three hits in 26 at-bats, and he's not being used in a versatile role. Regardless, manager Gabe Kapler stuck him right back in the lineup, noting that there were signs of life in Tuesday's loss. 

"Last night was a really good signal with respect to his swing," Kapler said on a Zoom call Wednesday morning. "He really crushed some balls, crushed them on the ground, and ultimately in a perfect world you're able to elevate the balls that you hit hardest, and when he's at his best that's exactly what he's doing. What we've seen with Pablo has been a slow progression towards his good swing."

Sandoval is working with the new staff to get his legs more involved, and on Tuesday he certainly looked more like his old self. In that first at-bat he pulled a 95 mph pitch from German Marquez into right field at 109 mph. He flied out to deep left in the fourth, and then grounded out twice, including a double play. But those two grounders left the bat at 104.7 mph and 108.7. 

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It's hard to tell what the Giants will do with Thursday's moves, especially since their need for 15 pitchers is still there, but it can't be a comfortable time for players who are slumping or pigeonholed, as Sandoval has been. He has not played third base yet, with Donovan Solano a preferred option as Evan Longoria's backup. He also has just five plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. 

"We have a lot of options to hit lefties, from Solano to (Wilmer) Flores to Darin Ruf to (Austin) Slater to (Mauricio) Dubon," Kapler said. "We've got a lot of guys who are really equipped to take down at-bats against lefties. It's a little bit thinner when we're facing a right-handed pitcher."

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Kapler still believes Sandoval is one of his best late-game options against tough righties, and on Wednesday he should get three or four more at-bats to prove if his swing is coming back. He is the DH against hard-throwing righty Jon Gray, and Kapler sounded confident in the choice. 

"We kind of evaluate Pablo very similarly to the way we evaluated him when we came out of our secondary camp," Kapler said.