‘Franchise’ is having fun 

He came onto the scene quickly and began dominating the National League, blessed with a 103 mph fastball and boyish looks.

No, this is not quite the Tim Lincecum story — after all, the Giants’ right-hander can "only" hit 99 on the radar gun. It’s the movie "Rookie of the Year" in which Chicago’s 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner is suddenly blessed with a superb fastball, is signed by the Cubs and leads the team to the playoffs. But Lincecum said he has been thinking about the film recently while considering his own amazingly quick ascent to major-league prominence.

"I’ve been thinking about that movie lately and not only because people have always told me I look like him and still look that age," Lincecum said with a laugh before Wednesday’s game against Atlanta at AT&T Park. "It’s just things have seemed like a movie for me, where a kid moves through the minor-league system and his dream comes true real fast."

A year ago today, Lincecum made his professional debut with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco’s short-season Class A affiliate), striking out the side in his only inning of work. This afternoon, the 23-year-old will make his 15th career start for the Giants. He has a 5-2 record with a 3.96 ERA in the major leagues this season after going 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA at Triple-A Fresno. In his last start, he shut out the Milwaukee Brewers on four hits and struck out eight over eight innings in an 8-0 Giants win, and is already known by teammates as the "Franchise."

"I’m living every kid’s dream," Lincecum said. "And I’m just trying to have as much fun with it as I can."

WISHFUL THINKING: Braves manager Bobby Cox was asked before the game if he had mixed emotions as former pitcher Tom Glavine continues his climb toward 300 career wins with the New York Mets, Atlanta’s NL East rival.

Glavine, who earned 242 victories with Atlanta, won his 299th career game Wednesday as the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 at Shea Stadium.

"I want him to win," Cox said. "But after they come off a 10-game losing streak."

melliser@examiner.com

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