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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum has talked the past few years about rediscovering the
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum has talked the past few years about rediscovering the consistency that won him two NL Cy Young Awards and made him one of baseballs best pitchers. Air Max 90 Scontate Outlet . Lincecums last two outings have brought him awfully close to finding that form again. The rejuvenated right-hander followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night. "We try to go out there and duplicate when things are feeling good," Lincecum said. "We tried to do that today. All my pitches were working when I threw them. They werent super nasty -- they were just located a little better than usual." Maybe more than a little. Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego. Lincecum left after throwing 113 pitches, including 73 for strikes -- the exact same line as his no-hitter against the Padres last week -- before Jean Machi pitched a drama-free ninth. "I think the two (starts), if you look at them, its hard to find a big difference," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Its a guy that had command of all his pitches." Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career homer to cap a three-run fourth for the Giants, and he got a bottle of bubbly in the clubhouse afterward. San Francisco also scored twice in the fifth to chase Marco Gonzales (0-1) in the left-handers second career start. Gonzales gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. St. Louis has lost three straight and four of five in a tough stretch against the leagues hottest pitchers. The Cardinals faced a pitcher with a no-hitter this season for the third time in five games. After Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw led the Los Angeles Dodgers to victories over St. Louis, Allen Craig singled with one out in the second to put an early end to Lincecums bid for another no-hitter. Lincecum, who has shown signs of returning to his dominant form of late, showed the poise and polish of his younger days even when things started to go awry. Lincecum loaded the bases in the fourth before striking out Craig and Jon Jay and getting Daniel Descalso to ground out. Lincecum pounded his glove and received a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,152. "It gets you fired up," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "When a guys making good pitches, you get him on the ropes youve got to make him bleed a little bit. That one slipped away," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. San Francisco supplied all the support Lincecum needed in the bottom of the inning. Buster Poseys double drove in a run before Sandovals wind-aided fly carried just over the wall in left to give San Francisco a 3-0 lead. "Its hard to hit one," said Sandoval, who wore his "lucky" boots for the first time in weeks trying to break San Franciscos skid. "Im excited to get this moment." Pence hit an RBI double and Hector Sanchez drove in another run in the fifth to put the Giants up 5-0. The performance from San Franciscos leading men -- Lincecum, Sandoval, Posey and Pence -- was a welcome turnaround for the teams fans. The Giants entered the game 1-6 on their homestand, including four straight losses to Cincinnati. It was the first time San Francisco had been swept in a four-game series at its waterfront ballpark, which opened in 2000. NOTES: Giants CF Angel Pagan is scheduled to be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles on Wednesday after having a setback in his recovery from a back injury while running. Pagan said he has a bulging disk in his back that is pinching a nerve and causing pain in his legs. .... The Cardinals recalled top prospect Oscar Taveras and started him in RF, giving Matt Holliday a day off. Taveras went 0 for 3 with a walk. ... Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (10-4, 2.01 ERA) starts opposite Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-4, 3.96 ERA) on Wednesday. Air Max 95 False . As their best player continued to orchestrate his dramatic exit from the club, the Whitecaps added size and creativity at Thursdays Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Saucony Scontate Outlet .J. - Pete Carroll is in support of the NFL looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could beneficial for players. http://www.yeezyscarpeitaliaoutlet.it/sc...nline.html . This game was inside. Adrian Peterson was missing. The stage was set for another step toward the playoffs.CLEVELAND - Hours after the Browns switched starting quarterbacks, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James stood at his locker following a win rocking a Money Manziel T-shirt.You know I know timing, James quipped.The Browns hope theirs is right, too.Johnny Manziel, the stage is yours.The hyped rookie, who depending on whom you talk to is either the NFLs next big thing or everything thats wrong with todays athlete, will make his first career start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.With their offence sputtering and their playoff hopes wilting, the Browns (7-6) are handing the ball to Manziel.And once hes got it, anything is possible.If something breaks down he runs around and makes a play, Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said. That can be a huge spark for any team when you have a quarterback who can extend plays the way he does. Im excited to see what he can do. Hopefully he can lead us to where we want to go because I think our goal is still out there.Manziel will take the knowledge he has gathered from spending months learning as a backup behind Brian Hoyer, who helped make the Browns relevant again before it seems the pressure of playing in his hometown, trying to earn a new contract and having Johnny Football over his shoulder became too much.The Browns drafted Manziel with an eye toward the future, and its here.Sure, hes a social media sensation and a star to a young generation of fans, but theres no denying Manziels ability to drop thousands of jaws in a packed stadium and keep defensive co-ordinators up at night.At Texas A&M, he ran a simple offence that consisted of Manziel mostly taking the snap in the shotgun. If his receivers were covered, Manziel would spin, duck, jump, whatever he had to do to buy time until they got open. If they didnt, he took off running to avoid a sack.Browns offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to utilize Manziels unique skillset.Im excited to see what he can do, Im not going to lie to you, said Browns defensive co-ordinator Jim ONeil, who has only had to deal with Manziel in practice.Everybody in the building can feel the buzz. Everybody cant wait to get to Sunday. Im glad I dont have to defend it. It can be a major headache.The Bengals (8-4-1) lead the AFC North, but to keep it theyll have to control Manziel, which wont be easy.The challenge is even if you do get a good rush on him, he has the ability to make you miss in the pockeet, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. Air Force 1 Offerte. King of like (Tony) Romo and some of those guys who are good in the pocket. But at the end of the day, he is still a rookie.Besides Manziel, here are some other things to watch as the Browns go for a season sweep over their Ohio neighbours:WHAT ABOUT ANDY? Bengals QB Andy Dalton had one of his worst games during the 24-3 loss to the Browns on Nov. 6. He completed 10 passes, threw three interceptions and had a career-low passer rating of 2.0. In four games since, he has completed 70 per cent of his passes with seven touchdowns, four interceptions and a combined passer rating of 101.3.JOHNNY TARGET: All the hype about Manziel has made him a marked man.I guarantee that anyone who sacks him will stand over him and give the money sign, Browns coach Mike Pettine said. Thats the price that he has to pay for who he is and the reputation that he brings with him to the NFL. He already got a taste of it in the preseason.During an exhibition at Washington, Manziel flipped his middle finger toward the Redskins sideline in response to their taunts.Pettine said hell remind his quarterback about keeping his composure.TOOTHLESS CATS: Manziel will be making his starting debut against a defence that has only two sacks in the past five games. The Bengals gave up 543 yards against Pittsburgh, the third time this season theyve allowed more than 500 in a game, a franchise record. Theyre on pace to give up 6,000 yards for only the second time in franchise history.ROAD TESTED: The Bengals have won three straight road games since being shut out 27-0 at Indianapolis. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isnt sure what prompted the turnaround.Whether its home or away youve got to focus in and play, he said. Sometimes, on the road youre mentality just seems as though the focus is good.A.J. AND JOE: Bengals receiver A.J. Green is in one of the best stretches of his career now that hes recovered from an injured big right toe. He had 12 catches during a win at Houston, 11 for a career-high 224 yards last Sunday. The Bengals will try to get him the ball a lot against Cleveland, which has limited him better than any team with cornerback Joe Haden covering him most of the time. In the past two games against the Browns, Green has been held to a total of five catches for 30 yards.___Online:AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
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