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Lincecum rusty in two-inning relief outing

Lincecum rusty in two-inning relief outing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Perhaps the only sour note on an otherwise brilliant Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park for the Giants was the performance of Tim Lincecum.

The righty made his first appearance since his move to the bullpen in the eighth inning of the Giants' 15-5 victory against the Brewers. He gave up a solo home run to Ryan Braun in the eighth and was charged with two more runs in the ninth. He also hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch.

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His final stat line? Two innings, three runs (two earned) on three hits. The rust was to be expected, manager Bruce Bochy said.

"It'd been awhile since he was out there, but he got some work in," Bochy said. "I thought his delivery was a little more balanced and aligned. Now, if we need him in a little more stressful situation, I think he will be a little more comfortable."

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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