- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (AP) - San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Los Angeles Angels because of the flu.

Lincecum said he’s improving and manager Bruce Bochy said the right-hander is now set to start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Lincecum will take Randy Johnson’s place _ the Big Unit will skip a turn because of biceps soreness.

“Just precautionary,” Bochy said. “It’s just a little cranky. That’s all normal spring training stuff.”

Lincecum is scheduled to start the regular-season opener April 7 against Milwaukee.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has not allowed an earned run while retiring 20 of the 22 batters he has faced in three exhibition starts. He has given up one hit and one walk.

He pitched 2 1-3 shutout innings Wednesday against Japan’s World Baseball Classic team, giving up a hit and three walks, but those statistics aren’t included in his spring work.

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