Beyond Golf — 11 June 2014 by Jim Street
GW MLB rankings: Lincecum’s a hit

The big news coming out of San Francisco this past weekend had less to do with the Giants sweeping the Mets in a three-game series and improving their home record to 22-9 and much more about right-hander Tim Lincecum ending his 0-for-the-season hitting slump.

Celebration was in order in the fourth inning when Lincecum, batting .111 (47-for-425) during his MLB career going into theseries finale, singled in the fourth inning in the Giants’ 6-4 victory over the
Mets.

Lincecum entered the game in an 0-for-16 skid during the season, the only Giants starting pitcher without at least one hit, but joined the party with a fourth-inning single. He now has three doubles and
two triples among his 48 big-league hits.

That being said, the Giants are still ranked No. 1 among MLB West Division teams in the internationally-acclaimed GolfersWest.com rankings.

1. Giants (1):  With a 9 ½ game lead in the NL West, a June Swoon seems inconsequential in 2014.

2. Athletics (2): Instant replay denied John Jaso of a grand slam Sunday, but no doubt about Moss dinger.

3. Angels (3): Some players just don’t get it, case in point: Josh Hamilton still msliding head-first.

4. Mariners: (8): King Felix was at the top of his game with 15 Ks, vs. Rays, but he settled for a ND.

5. Dodgers (4): Unless the Dodgers can find another Puig in the minors, playoffs in 2014 could be lost.

6. Rangers (6): Ron Washington says injury bug (12 DLs, counting) has been like nothing he’s ever seen.

7. Rockies (5):  The sky has fallen on the Rockies, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Ouch.

8. Padres (7): The “Black Must Go” chants could be picking up momentum at PETCO Park.

9. Diamondbacks (9): Right-hander Chase Anderson (5-0) has brought a big change to D’Backs.

10. Astros (10): An 11-4 record has the ‘Stros thinking good about themselves, which is about (over) time.

(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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