Hudson more than ready for first World Series start

Hudson more than ready for first World Series start

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was hardly unusual that after each of San Francisco's playoff series clinchers this month, the Giants rallied around Tim Hudson. First, they spoke of wanting to give him a chance to pitch in his first League Championship Series. Then they wanted their 16-year veteran to appear in a World Series. Now that he's here, they want him to win the darn thing. Each year, a well-respected veteran such as Hudson seems to find his way into the Series for the first time, and similar stories emerge.

What is unusual is that when Hudson's teammates say those types of things to him, he counters them with advice. Hudson freely admits that he expected to be here a long time ago, not make his first World Series appearance in Game 3 on Friday at AT&T Park (4:30 p.m. PT air time/5:07 p.m. first pitch on FOX) at age 39.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lineup breakdown: Royals vs. Giants, Game 3

Lineup breakdown: Royals vs. Giants, Game 3

With Game 3 shifting to the Bay Area, the Royals and Giants are both looking to get a leg up in the series that's even at a game apiece. Here is a breakdown of the starting lineups for Friday night's game (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX; 8:07 first pitch):

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lincecum undergoes MRI; Bochy remains optimistic

Giants skipper believes righty may be able to pitch again in Series

Lincecum undergoes MRI; Bochy remains optimistic

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after Tim Lincecum left Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium because of tightness in his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was decidedly upbeat about the extent of the injury, which occurred during the veteran right-hander's first outing of the postseason.

As the Giants worked out at AT&T Park in preparation for Friday night's Game 3 against the Royals, Lincecum was offsite undergoing an MRI to evaluate the nature of the damage.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Strickland owns actions, ready for next chance

Young reliever apologizes for incident following Infante's home run

Strickland owns actions, ready for next chance

SAN FRANCISCO -- Admittedly, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland didn't sleep very well after a nightmarish Wednesday night in Kansas City.

His dreadful Game 2 performance -- in which he allowed a double and a homer without recording an out -- went from bad to worse when he yelled at Royals catcher Salvador Perez as he crossed home plate, prompting both dugouts to empty briefly.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants hope to find adjustments at home for Game 3

Giants hope to find adjustments at home for Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- They followed decidedly different itineraries to get here to AT&T Park, these Royals and Giants. The Royals headed straight to the airport after their Game 2 victory at Kauffman Stadium, checking into their Union Square hotel in the early-morning hours. The Giants, on the other hand, spent an extra evening near Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, an uninterrupted slumbering schedule that had them rested and ready for a flight straight to Thursday's workout.

This contrast in travel methodology speaks to the intense strategizing taking place in this World Series, which resumes Friday night at AT&T Park (7:30 p.m. ET air time/8:07 p.m. ET first pitch on FOX). And that intensity will only pick up now that the Series has shifted to a National League park and now that the starting-pitching matchup --Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie -- points toward increased importance for mid-game matchups.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Baer's bond with Giants runs deep

Baer's bond with Giants runs deep

SAN FRANCISCO -- Larry Baer thinks of his father often, misses him more than ever, embraces the sweet memories that wash over him at various times and draw an assortment of emotions to the surface.

"His spirit is with me," the Giants' president and chief executive officer said.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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New WS gear player tested, fan approved

Wear the same hoodies, T-shirts and caps as the Giants

New WS gear player tested, fan approved

KANSAS CITY -- Welcome to the 110th World Series. Fitting for a first-of-its-kind Fall Classic matchup, there is a fresh and must-have look being modeled by the Giants themselves on the field for Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium, and now it can be yours.

Orders for the new line of Orange October apparel are underway exclusively at the MLB.com Shop and at the Giants Dugout Store.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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In first five years, Posey evoking legendary backstops

In first five years, Posey evoking legendary backstops

It doesn't take an expert in the art of catching to realize that Buster Posey is a special player off to a rare start to his Major League career. Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors speak to his individual talents. Two World Series rings with a third hanging in the balance are testament to his leadership qualities, both behind and beside the plate. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that's something special, something historic after just five years.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy is in fact an expert in the art of catching, chief among his many assets as the dean of active Major League skippers. His perspective of having worn the so-called tools of ignorance for a decade in the Majors is at the very root of his wisdom on the top step of the dugout for two decades since. His opinion on Posey is uniquely qualified.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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With no DH, Giants look for Morse to adjust on bench

With no DH, Giants look for Morse to adjust on bench

SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa knows the pitfalls of what Michael Morse is dealing with right now, himself having once been relegated from the starting lineup to a pinch-hit role, but that doesn't mean the Giants' current starting left fielder has much advice to impart to his teammate who spent much of the regular season there.

"With that one swing, he has half as many pinch-hit homers as I do, so I don't think he needs any help," Ishikawa said of Morse's eighth-inning, pinch-hit home run to tie Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. "He seems to be doing good. He has his right mindset, he has his routine that he does, you don't want to mess with that right now."

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Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Panda represents Giants as Gold Glove finalist

Slugger can become club's first third baseman to win award since 1994

Panda represents Giants as Gold Glove finalist

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who sustained a 73-game errorless streak this season, was named a finalist at his position on Thursday for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National Leaguers.

The winners will be named on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Rookie Panik showing knack for rising to stage

Rookie Panik showing knack for rising to stage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Following his selection by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, I saw second baseman Joe Panik playing in the Arizona Fall League. What an autumn he had.

Panik was chosen as the 29th overall pick in the Draft after playing college ball at St. John's University. He hit .398 with 10 homers and 57 RBIs in his junior year and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. He also won countless other awards and honors for his stellar performance.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Combo of title, MVP for Posey in 2012 a growing rarity

Combo of title, MVP for Posey in 2012 a growing rarity

Giants catcher Buster Posey is the only player to win an MVP Award and play on a World Series championship team in the same year -- 2012 -- in the last 25 seasons.

Voting for the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards is completed before the first game of the postseason, and as the number of teams in the postseason has expanded, the number of MVPs who have even participated in the World Series has dropped.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams

Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams

SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a mid-game moment in Game 2 of this World Series when two competitors, two guys representing teams trying to crush each other's dreams, had to turn to each other and smile. It was in the midst of a pitching change when Eric Hosmer took a moment to soak it all in and congratulate Hunter Pence on reaching this point of the postseason.

"Man," Hosmer said to Pence, "it's unbelievable to be here right now."

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rags-to-riches story for Giants' pitching staff

Under Righetti's leadership, hurlers key to club's recent title drives

Rags-to-riches story for Giants' pitching staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- When a new manager joins a new Major League Baseball team, it is customary for new staff members to accompany him. Managers like to bring in coaches whom they trust, coaches whom they have known for decades.

Yet, when Bruce Bochy came to San Francisco prior to the 2007 season, he made the unorthodox move of keeping longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti -- a relative stranger -- on staff. At the time, Righetti said, he was wary of Bochy "inheriting" his services as opposed to actually wanting them. But Bochy assured him that all was well, and so Righetti remained a Giant.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants' success a testament to Sabean's blueprint

Giants' success a testament to Sabean's blueprint

SAN FRANCISCO -- A ballclub's general manager is often referred to as its architect. In that sense, Brian Sabean has built something enduring, at least as much as the fragile nature of the game's success allows him to do.

The Giants are in the World Series again and have a chance to become the National League's second team to capture three Fall Classics in five years, matching St. Louis (1942, '44, '46).

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Band of brothers: Team-first mentality the key for Giants

Club has three Series berths in five years on strength of its camaraderie, spirit

Band of brothers: Team-first mentality the key for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they're in the World Series for the third time in five years.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants head home with split after Game 2 loss in KC

Royals use five-run sixth inning off Peavy, bullpen to even Series

Giants head home with split after Game 2 loss in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Having won eight consecutive postseason series, the Giants know what it takes to succeed in October. So they would be well advised to recognize certain historical facts after their 7-2 loss Wednesday to Kansas City in Game 2 of the World Series evened the showdown at a game apiece.

In best-of-seven World Series that began 1-1, the winner of Game 3 is 38-16. Since the beginning of divisional play in 1969, the Game 3 winners in a tied Series are 16-3.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants relievers unable to execute Bochy's plan

Strickland at center of sixth-inning meltdown

Giants relievers unable to execute Bochy's plan

KANSAS CITY -- Six pitches.

That was the sum total of Giants reliever Hunter Strickland's role in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. And that's all it took to turn around the game, and the tenor of the Fall Classic.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Oct. 23 Bruce Bochy workout day interview

Oct. 23 Bruce Bochy workout day interview

Q. Have you seen teams come in here and struggle with your outfield that aren't familiar with it? Is it a tough adjustment for the opposition?

BRUCE BOCHY: Not as much as you think. I mean, it's a little quirky out there, but, no, I haven't seen a lot of teams come in here and struggle as much as you would think. It's not Candlestick. It's a little calmer than that.

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Oct. 23 Tim Hudson workout day interview

Oct. 23 Tim Hudson workout day interview

Q. As you're going through the hip thing in September, what was your rehab like? And did you take cortisone shots? What did you have to do to get yourself back to the point where you are now?

TIM HUDSON: Well, I mean, at this point of the year you're always having maintenance treatment and those kinds of things in the training room. Just some things with the trainer, I don't want to go into a lot of details, but just a lot of stretching, lot of strengthening of some areas. You know, just a lot of training room work, honestly. Anybody that's dealt with some little chronic injuries understand the things you have to go through. Medicine is a beautiful thing (laughter). I'll leave it at that.

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Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding

Giants, Royals don't expect any carryover as World Series heads to San Francisco

Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding

KANSAS CITY -- Omar Infante hit a home run, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily emptied, bracing for a skirmish that never occurred.

After Wednesday night's game -- a 7-2 win by the Royals that evened the World Series at a game apiece -- everyone was still confused.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Peavy settles in until finding trouble in sixth

Peavy settles in until finding trouble in sixth

KANSAS CITY -- Every number and every statistic hissed at Jake Peavy. They flashed across television screens and computer monitors late Wednesday evening, entering the sixth inning of Game 2 of the World Series.

Peavy had never completed six innings in a playoff game -- that was a popular stat. This summer, opposing hitters had crushed him for a .933 OPS their third time through the order -- that was another. And so on and so forth, to the point that anything other than a Peavy meltdown seemed unreasonable.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Panda extends streak, but he'd rather have a win

Panda extends streak, but he'd rather have a win

KANSAS CITY -- When Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval doubled to lead off the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium, he extended his postseason streak of reaching base safely to 25 games.

That streak ties him with Boog Powell for the third longest in history. Powell put together his streak as a member of the Baltimore Orioles from 1966 to '71. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is the leader at 31, set from 2011 to '13. Chase Utley had 27 straight for the Phillies from 2007 to '09.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blanco survives battle with Ventura, hits leadoff HR

Giants center fielder 10th player to go deep to open World Series game

Blanco survives battle with Ventura, hits leadoff HR

KANSAS CITY -- Gregor Blanco was not thinking home run when he led off Wednesday night's Game 2 of the World Series against Yordano Ventura, especially as the at-bat wore on.

"You're just trying to survive," Blanco said after the Giants' 7-2 loss to the Royals evened the Fall Classic.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?

Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?

The Royals bounced back from their Game 1 loss to even the World Series at one game apiece with a 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium.

In a postseason filled with one-run games and extra-inning contests, each of the first two games in the World Series has been decided by at least five runs. That hadn't happened in nearly 80 years.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Statcast: Pence slips, but still beats Escobar's throw

Statcast: Pence slips, but still beats Escobar's throw

At times this season, the Royals have made it look like they can pull off just about any play in the field, no matter the difficulty.

When the Giants' Hunter Pence hit a ground ball into the hole between third base and shortstop in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, it provided another highlight-reel opportunity in Game 2 of the World Series. But as Statcast tracking technology shows, the numbers were working against Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning

Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning

KANSAS CITY -- By the time the sixth inning was over, Kelvin Herrera had thrown a 101-mph sinker, Billy Butler had given a curtain call after a single, the benches had cleared, Omar Infante had gone deep and four Giants relievers had been summoned, all pretty much in vain.

So yeah, the sixth inning was a bit wild Wednesday night. And oh yeah, it was the inning that decided Game 2 of this World Series in favor of the Royals, who went on to a 7-2 win in front of a raucous Kauffman Stadium crowd to salvage a home split.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3

Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3

Jeremy Guthrie, Royals
Against the Giants
2014: Did not face San Francisco this season.
Career: 3 GS, 0-1, 6.14 ERA
Loves to face: Hunter Pence, 1-for-7, 3 K
Hates to face: Brandon Crawford, 4-for-4, HR, RBI

Game breakdown
Why he'll win: Because the crafty veteran has pitched his best baseball of late, as he has cut down on the home runs allowed. The Giants' offense isn't the most powerful, and AT&T Park isn't exactly a hitter's paradise.

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Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Homers continue to be Strickland's nemesis

Homers continue to be Strickland's nemesis

KANSAS CITY -- Based on the available evidence, the Giants have been slightly oversold on the 2014 version of Hunter Strickland.

The young reliever gave up his fifth home run of the postseason on Wednesday night, a two-run homer to Royals second baseman Omar Infante that put the game out of reach in a 7-2 loss in Game 2 of the World Series.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lincecum missed introductions due to illness

Lincecum missed introductions due to illness

KANSAS CITY -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum missed Tuesday's pregame introductions because he was sick to his stomach, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.

Dismissing speculation that Lincecum declined to take part in the ceremony as a protest over not pitching during the postseason, Bochy said the "honest truth" was that Lincecum was in the trainer's room vomiting and trying to recover while his teammates were lining up along the third-base line.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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