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Giants (4-6) vs. Dodgers (6-4), Tuesday, 7 p.m. on CSN
Giants: Tim Lincecum (1-1, 0.64) - It was vintage Freak in Thursday's 8-4 win over San Diego. Lincecum allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, racking up 13 strikeouts without a walk. His first start of the season was a hard-luck loss to L.A. in which he allowed one unearned run in seven innings.
Dodgers: Chad Billingsley (1-1, 8.00) - The right-hander has not enjoyed much success through his first two starts. He allowed five runs in three innings Wednesday against Colorado. His first start of the season came against San Fran, which managed three runs in six innings in a 4-3 L.A. victory.
Pat Burrell's solo homer was the lone offensive highlight for the Giants in Monday's 6-1 loss in the series opener. Clayton Kershaw outpitched Madison Bumgarner, who was reached for five runs in five innings.
The Giants are 1-3 against the Dodgers this season, though they actually have outscored Los Angeles 19-17 in the four matchups.
Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in six of his last seven games and is batting .382 on the young season. Lefty reliever Javier Lopez has not allowed a run in four appearances, spanning 4 13 innings.
The Giants' offense has, in the last five games, gone in succession: 8 runs, 5 runs, 3 runs, 1 run, 1 run. The team managed only seven hits in Monday's loss. ... This will be Lincecum's first home start since an 11-7 win over Cliff Lee in Game 1 of the World Series. ... The defending champs haven't lost three straight games since Aug. 25-28 against Cincinnati and Arizona. ... The Giants have nine errors already this season. Will their defense improve any time soon?
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