Tim Lincecum's days of dominating opponents may be in the past. That doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning. Though the Padres hit a few balls hard, Giants fielders didn't need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum's gem. Now let's get practical for fantasy purposes about whether or not fantasy owners should own Lincecum. He was facing a Padres club that has produced by far the fewest runs in the major leagues this season and he still owns a rough 4.42 ERA in 91 2/3 total innings this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return to mediocrity in his next outing against the Cardinals. In his previous start before Wednesday’s no-hitter, Lincecum was knocked around by the Diamondbacks for four earned runs on seven hits and struck out just one batter across six rough innings. He was also blown up for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings earlier this month by the Reds. Let's let Tim enjoy the moment, but fantasy owners should not expect this type of performance again this year.
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Major League Baseball took a formal step Tuesday to clarify a portion of the new rule governing unnecessary collisions between base runners and catchers at home plate. In a statement sent to the baseball operations departments for all 30 teams, MLB said umpires have been instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate. The directive came several days after Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said the rules were interpreted incorrectly to overturn an apparent force play in a game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. An overturned call led to controversy in the third inning of Cincinnati's 11-4 victory over the Pirates on June 18. Umpires initially ruled that Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was out on a force play at home plate, then changed the call to safe because officials at MLB's replay command center in New York determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin had illegally blocked home plate with his foot. Rule 7.13 was adopted in order to prevent unnecessary collisions at home plate between a runner attempting to score and a catcher attempting to make a tag play on the runner. Rule 7.13 has no function for a force play. So, effectively immediately umpires will be instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate.
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