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Tim Lincecum goes down with bruised left knee

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Giants RHP Lincecum expected to make next start

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning …

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has left his final exhibition start of the spring with a bruised left knee.

Lincecum went down writhing in pain when he was hit in his back leg by a hard-hit grounder from Oakland's Daric Barton in the top of the fourth inning Friday night. Lincecum tried to run toward first but immediately fell to the ground, unable to put any pressure on his leg. He limped off the field with the assistance of two trainers.

X-rays were negative and the team said he had a bruise.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner's status is unclear. The season opener is Monday at Arizona and he is set to pitch Thursday in the series finale against the Diamondbacks.

Lincecum signed a $35 million, two-year contract in late October to stay with San Francisco.

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