"We've had good talks and I look forward to having him here," Bochy said.Bochy indicated that he'll give Bonds special treatment -- not to curry favor with him, but to preserve his 42-year-old body and balky knees. "I think you need to be a little different with each guy," Bochy said. "Running your workouts, you have to adjust with your guys. Fact of the matter is, some guys aren't able to do what others can. Some guys have earned some things." Drawing a crowd: Pitching prospect Tim Lincecum attracted more than just the typical group of onlookers when he strode to a practice mound for his every-other-day throwing session.
As expected, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti were present. So were general manager Brian Sabean and special advisor Tony Siegle. But instead of heading for an early shower, Giants pitchers Barry Zito, Noah Lowry and Brad Hennessey grabbed chairs and sat just scant feet away, grinning with anticipation.Firing a succession of low fastballs, Lincecum -- the Giants' first pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft -- didn't disappoint the spectators. "He's got a real powerful delivery," Zito said. "He generates a lot out of that frame of his."
Asked if Lincecum reminded him of anyone, Zito cited a former Oakland teammate.
"People were saying Tim Hudson, but only because he's under 6 feet and throws hard. As far as his delivery goes, I think it's fairly unique, the way he has the ball behind his right pocket."Lincecum remained unfazed by the extra eyeballs trained upon him.
"I was aware of it," he said. "But I wasn't trying to pay attention to it. I was working on stuff I needed to work on."In what could have been a significant pairing, Lincecum threw to Bengie Molina, the starting catcher who has worked almost exclusively with the Giants' front-line hurlers. After Lincecum finished throwing, Molina counseled him for nearly two minutes about the pitfalls of trying to be too fine with his curveball and changeup.
"Just keep it down and don't worry about corners," Lincecum said, relating Molina's message.Briefly: Although Zito wasn't scheduled to throw, he honed his mechanics by pantomiming his windup with 20 to 25 simulated pitches -- an exercise many pitchers favor. ... Non-roster left-hander Damian Moss left camp to attend to a personal matter. ... Bochy has been relentlessly upbeat about the pitchers in camp: "They all look good. It's evident they came into camp in shape. We've had no setbacks. They're all throwing well. I can't say there's one person in particular who's standing out."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less