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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There is no radar gun during live batting practice sessions, and the results aren’t marked in a scorebook. But the informal sessions can still be informative, and the Giants took plenty of positives away from Tim Lincecum’s time on the mound Friday.
“The fastball was deceptive,” said first baseman Brandon Belt, one of three hitters to face Lincecum. “It got on you a lot quicker than expected.”
Belt added that Lincecum’s curveball “had some bite,” a good sign on a sunny day in the desert, which “is notorious for making your breaking ball not break,” Belt said. Lincecum faced Belt, Joaquin Arias and Andrew Susac on the back field at Scottsdale Stadium and seemed to be pleased with his outing. He fist-bumped manager Bruce Bochy on his way off the field but had already left for the day when reporters were allowed in the clubhouse.
“He looked good,” Bochy said. “He threw the ball well. He had a great delivery, free and easy. Command, everything. It was a good outing for him.”
Lincecum is looking to bounce back after a disappointing season that included his removal from the rotation. He had 49 throwing sessions with his father, Chris, in the offseason and believes his mechanics are in a better place than they were a year ago.
“He’s been pretty good with his rhythm,” Bochy said. “His delivery has been consistent since he got here.”