Lincecum still the Freak after 148-pitch no-hitter 

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  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum pitches i the seventh inning of his no hitter against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013.

SAN DIEGO — Tim Lincecum walked into the Giants' clubhouse late Sunday morning and, yes, his right arm was still attached to his body.

That was no small matter, considering that Lincecum threw 148 pitches in his first career no-hitter Saturday night.

The Freak, indeed.

While he was still trying to put his no-hitter into perspective, Lincecum said his arm was OK after his incredible effort in the Giants' 9-0 victory against the last-place San Diego Padres.

"I haven't played catch yet but right now I feel good," he said.

Lincecum has never iced his arm after starts, including his 148-pitch performance.

It turns out there was no ice of any kind Saturday night.

"Not even in the drinks that I didn't have last night," he said with a laugh.

"I said to him, 'One time, can you ice it?'" manager Bruce Bochy recalled.

Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, said he had a low-key celebration. He spoke by phone with his father and spent time with his girlfriend and his two dogs. He said he didn't get to sleep until around 3:30 a.m.

"I woke up today, so I'm good," he said.

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