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Giants’ Lincecum baffles Royals

March 8, 2014

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— Tim Lincecum pitched three strong innings, and Hunter Pence homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-0, on Friday.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is coming off his third straight losing season. The Giants re-signed him to a two-year, $35 million contract in the offseason.

“Since the contract got finalized, it’s just about focusing on the season and the two years ahead of me,” Lincecum said.

Lincecum allowed two hits in the first inning, including a leadoff double to Norichika Aoki, who was out trying to steal third.

Lincecum’s fastball was mostly in the 89-91 mph range.

“I’m not really too worried about trying to get it up or where it is at,” Lincecum said. “It’s all about placement. I know if I set my sights low in the zone I’ll be better off.”

Pence hit his first home run to center in the sixth off Wade Davis.

The Royals, who entered the game with a Cactus League-leading .332 batting average, managed just four hits, only two after the first inning.

Hochevar out for season

Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season.

Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during a two-inning scoreless outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the severity of the injury, and it was confirmed Thursday by another doctor.

The Royals said Friday that Hochevar would have the surgery to replace a ligament in his elbow. The 30-year-old Hochevar went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season.

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