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San Francisco Giants apparently off Tim Lincecum's wish list

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Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum injured something in his lower body pitching against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in game 2 of the World Series at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on October 22, 2014. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum injured something in his lower body pitching against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in game 2 of the World Series at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on October 22, 2014. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants didn't just scout the Tim Lincecum showcase Friday. They reportedly got a private look at their former standout earlier in the week.

Yes, the Giants are potentially interested. But Lincecum, for now, apparently isn't interested in them.

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Lincecum is exploring other options because the Giants aren't offering a spot in their rotation. The two-time Cy Young Award winner believes he can still help someone as a starter.

It is true: The Giants don't have a spot in their rotation open. But that could change any day now.

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When the Giants host the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that kicks off Monday night, they will send two of the National League's worst starters (statistically) to the mound to pitch the first two games.

Jake Peavy, Monday's starter, has been roughed up for six or more runs in three of his six starts this season. And it seems as if he is getting progressively worse, having been bombed for 13 runs in his last eight innings.

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His 9.00 ERA is the worst among regular starters in the National League.

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Tuesday's starter, Matt Cain, has been arguably worse.

After all, Peavy has a win this season. It has been 9 1/2 months (13 starts) since Cain's last victory. He is one of just two starters (along with Milwaukee's Taylor Jungmann) to have opened the 2016 season 0-4.

One more bad start could be the end for either struggling right-hander.

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No doubt, Lincecum will be watching.

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