Lincecum building case for Gold Glove

Lincecum building case for Gold Glove

SAN FRANCISCO -- No Giants pitcher has won a Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence since Rick Reuschel in 1987.

The sight of Tim Lincecum adeptly handling a difficult play, as he did last Sunday in New York, prompts the notion that he could become a candidate to add a Gold Glove to his pair of Cy Young Awards.

Lincecum, who's renowned for his athleticism, demonstrated his nimbleness by gathering in Alex Cora's impossibly high chopper behind the mound and firing the ball to first base for an out that opened the sixth inning.

Lincecum, who has committed two errors in his three-year career, considers himself a capable fielder, though he confessed to some limitations.

"I want to make any play I can, to help the team or help myself out," he said. "I might not get to as many balls as I would like, just because of the way I fall off the mound [at the end of his pitching motion]. Considering the balls I do get to, I think I do all right."