Giants right-hander Lincecum looks to finally solve Goldschmidt 

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  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in San Francisco.

Slugger Paul Goldschmidt looks to continue his success against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum today, when the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Giants in the opener of a three-game series.

Goldschmidt has nine hits — including five homers — in 17 career at-bats versus the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner. The Diamondbacks certainly would welcome another power display by Goldschmidt as they sit six games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot in the National League and 9½ in back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Goldschmidt was a spectator on Wednesday as Arizona failed to complete a three-game sweep of San Diego with a 5-1 setback. Although San Francisco resides in the basement, it has won 30 of 53 games versus its division rivals — including eight of 12 against the Diamondbacks. The Giants, however, dropped two of three to Colorado this week and have lost seven of their last 11 overall.

Lincecum snapped a two-game skid by yielding three runs on as many hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 triumph over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The veteran struggled in his last outing versus Arizona, permitting five runs and 10 hits in five frames of a no-decision on May 1. A free agent after the season, Lincecum’s looking to bolster his worth with a strong performance today.

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