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(Associated Press) Alexi Casilla, left, of the Minnesota Twins swings and misses at a pitch thrown by San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum during the first inning Thursday in San Francisco.

Twins fall in final 2 games of 3-game set with Giants


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Lincecum needed a psychological boost. When he got it, his fastball command returned.

Lincecum struck out 12 in seven superb innings, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday.

"I wasn't worried about what would happen when I threw pitches," said the two-time Cy Young Award winner. "It was just confidence. Early in the game, when I was commanding the zone, I just opened my mind to be that much more confident."

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