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Giants seek fresh start as second half begins

Thursday - 7/18/2013, 10:56pm  ET

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum works against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Lincecum's no-hitter last weekend at San Diego provided a rare first-half highlight for the stumbling San Francisco Giants. And, perhaps, a glimpse into the Freak's immediate future in the Bay Area.

General manager Brian Sabean said on his regular radio show Thursday that the Giants don't plan to trade the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner this season.

"That's definitely good. I've always had a great time here in SF and I just hope to see that go further," Lincecum said after the Giants held a post-All-Star break workout at AT&T Park on Thursday night.

Lincecum is in the final season of a $40.5 million, two year contract.

"I expect Timmy to be in a Giant uniform," Sabean said on KNBR-680. "I find it hard to believe that he'd pitch elsewhere this year."

Now, the defending World Series champions must get back to work in a hurry if they want to hang around in an NL West that is still wide open. The first-place Arizona Diamondbacks are in town for a three-game series starting Friday night to kick off the second half.

"We know where we're at, and what has to happen in the second half, and that's us getting more consistent in all facets of the game," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said as the Giants held a light workout Thursday evening. "This thing's not going to happen right away as far as getting right back to where you want to be. It's a gradual thing, and that happens by playing good baseball."

At 50-45, Arizona leads the fourth-place Giants (43-51) by 6
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