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Lincecum doesn't want to be defined by no-nos

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum awoke on Thursday morning anticipating the future instead of basking in his glorious recent past.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the right-hander celebrated pitching his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in two years.

"I hung out at my house and did what I said I was going to do. Nothing too crazy," said Lincecum, who had joked about partying after Wednesday's gem.

But he also sounded as though he was already beginning to focus on his next start, on Tuesday against St. Louis.

"Just embracing a new day, another day to work, to get back on the horse," he said, relating his first conscious thoughts from Thursday. "Not treating [the no-hitter] too big."

Lincecum, who's still in the process of changing the emphasis of his pitching from power to finesse, does intend to use videos and memories from Wednesday's game as learning tools to hasten the transition.

"It'll always be something I can lean on," he said. "Maybe not the outing as a whole, but what I was able to do with secondary pitches, and the way I was finishing guys off a little better and [maintaining] location -- I wasn't over the middle of the plate as much as I have been. So it'll be something I lean on more from a mechanical standpoint."

With Wednesday's feat, Lincecum joined Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers with multiple Cy Young Awards and no-hitters. The club of pitchers who have multiple no-hitters, Cy Young Awards and World Series rings has only two members: Koufax and Lincecum.

Though Lincecum, 30, appreciates the historic significance of his second no-hitter, he isn't dwelling on it.

He understands the distinction of being in the same company with Koufax but doesn't want that to define his career.

"Hopefully, that's not where it ends," he said.

Lincecum admitted that he reveled in one aspect of Wednesday's game: His hitting. He singled twice in three at-bats after entering the game batting .045.

"I watched the replays of my hits," he said. "I'm kind of proud of those."

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

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