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Giants' Tim Lincecum throws 148 pitches to no-hit Padres

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum gets lifted by catcher Buster Posey after his no hit game against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013. The Giants won the game 9-0. Tim Lincecum has thrown his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence in the San Francisco Giants' 9-0 win against the last-place San Diego Padres on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO — The Freak is back.

Tim Lincecum tossed aside his recent struggles and pitched his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence in the San Francisco Giants' 9-0 win over last-place San Diego on Saturday night.

Lincecum has won two Cy Young Awards and two World Series rings. Now he has something really remarkable — a no-hitter in which he threw a whopping career-high 148 pitches.

"Right now I think I'm just kind of coming down and don't know where to be emotionally," a calm Lincecum said.

The slightly built right-hander was in control from his first pitch until his last, which settled into left fielder Gregor Blanco's glove and set off a wild celebration in front of a pro-Giants crowd at Petco Park.


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