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Is Tim Lincecum worth $21.5 million? [Poll]

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Tim Lincecum is worth a lot of money to the San Francisco Giants. We can all agree on that.

Just how much is he worth? Well, that's where the disagreement comes in. The Giants have offered the two-time NL Cy Young Award-winner $17 million in arbitration, topping the $14.25 million the New York Yankees proposed for shortstop Derek Jeter in 2001 as most offered in arbitration history.

But Lincecum thinks he's worth a significant amount more. He asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration Tuesday, which is almost the most ever sought in arbitration. Pitcher Roger Clemens asked for $22 million when he was with the Houston Astros in 2005.

Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans says the team hopes to come to an agreement with the pitcher before an arbitration hearing. They were able to do so in 2010, agreeing to a two-year, $23-million contract when Lincecum was set to ask for a one-year deal of $13 million.

The front office is looking to lock up Lincecum and the Giants'  other star pitcher, Matt Cain, to long-term deals. But Lincecum may be set on keeping his options open with a shorter contract.

No matter how this turns out, Lincecum will earn the highest salary ever paid to an arbitration-eligible pitcher, besting the $15 million the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to pay starter Cole Hamels on Tuesday.

What do you think? Is Lincecum worth the $21.5 million he's seeking? Or is a mere $17 million enough for his services? Vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.

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-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Tim Lincecum. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Question of the day: Are the Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens prosecutions worth the money and effort?

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Writers from around the Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses, and feel free to leave a comment of your own.

Nick Fierro, The Morning Call

Using our tax dollars to determine whether Barry Bonds took steroids or lied about taking steroids or whether his testicles really did shrink is beyond comprehension. Sure, a small percentage of the public might care, but not I and not the majority of Americans – many of whom need to take out a second mortgage just to fill their gas tanks these days. Bonds is a jerk, to be sure, and probably deserves whatever kind of misfortune he’s sure to face down the road. (Ditto for Roger Clemens). But c’mon already with the government involvement. This entire episode stinks of politics. It’s just another witch hunt that insults all common sense and only serves to arouse already heightened suspicions of our federal system. I mostly pity the jurors who were forced to wade through all this swill without hip boots.

[Updated at 12:48 p.m.

Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The only reason to prosecute Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens is to show it's one thing to lie to sportswriters and another entirely to lie to the government under oath.

That's it. That's reason enough too.

Don't talk about time and cost. It's a drop in the syringe.

Don't even talk about the verdict considering that's secondary. And nothing to get worked up over. Who really cares if the perjury case of Bonds and Clemens doesn't pass the burden of proof? Everyone knows the score here.

The question is whether famous people can lie under oath with no consequence. In this manner, Bonds and Clemens serve one final public service for potential perjurors everywhere.]

Photo: Barry Bonds. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

A rundown of the Barry Bonds trial

Photo: Former baseball player Barry Bonds leaves the federal courthouse for his perjury trial in San Francisco March 31, 2011. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Barry Bonds, former San Francisco Giant, is in the midst of a federal trial that began several weeks ago in the Bay City. He has been accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he testified he had never knowingly used anabolic steroids.

Bonds has been charged with one count of obstructing justice and three counts of making false statements. If convicted, he could be sent to prison or confined to his home for several months.

In the trial’s opening statements, assistant U.S. Atty. Matthew Parrella argued: "The defendant was given immunity. All he had to do was tell the truth. That’s all he had to do was tell the truth, but he couldn’t do it. And the evidence will show that he planned not to do it.”

Allen Ruby, Bonds' attorney, responded that his client gave the truth and “did his best” when he told a grand jury that he never knowingly used anabolic steroids.

However, since the trial began, key prosecution testimony has not been in the former slugger's favor.

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ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' to open at Dodger Stadium

Dog ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" will imitate the popular college football show anchored by Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, and travel to big games through the year. It begins April 3 at Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers play the San Francisco Giants.

The show will be hosted by Karl Ravech and feature John Kruk, Barry Larkin, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine as analysts. The set will be outside the stadium with the goal of offering a sense of game-day atmosphere.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Violence breaks out in the streets of San Francisco, setting social media outlets aflame with activity

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It might not be getting a lot of late-night attention by the major TV or online news organizations, but the mayhem surrounding the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory is burning up Twitter, Facebook, Twitpic and Flickr. It even has a mayor on Foursquare.

And it has two Twitter hashtags. #SFRiots and #SFRiot dominated Twitter soon after Brian Wilson struck out Nelson Cruz to end Game 5 on Monday night in Arlington, Texas, with reports of looting in the Mission, mattresses on fire on Haight, and crowds of iPhone-wielding revelers blocking traffic on Market.

"Nothing on MSNBC.com, FoxNews.com, CNN.com, or BBCNews.com about the #SFRiot. However, it is on Twitter and Foursquare, and it has a mayor," complained David Lowe via Twitter just after 1 a.m.

At that point the so-called riots had already produced almost a dozen YouTube videos from the streets of San Francisco, the SFPD police radio channel was being broadcast for anyone to hear via UStream (which also had a Twitter hashtag, #sfscanner), and a Google Map called Project Epic had sprung up from the University of Colorado at Boulder based on tweets and Twitpics throughout the City by the Bay.

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World Series Game 5 update: Giants win World Series with 3-1 win over Rangers

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The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers, 3-1, in World Series Game 5 to win their first championship since 1954, when the Giants still played in New York.

Giants closer Brian Wilson threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Rangers to preserve San Francisco's win, which came on eight innings of outstanding pitching by starter Tim Lincecum and a three-run home run by Edgar Renteria in the seventh inning.

The ninth inning included Texas slugger Josh Hamilton taking a called third strike from Wilson.

The Giants won the first two games at AT&T Park in San Francisco and then won two of three games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Members of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game five of the 2010 World Series at Rangers Ballpark. The Giants won the series four games to one. Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

World Series Game 5 update: Giants still lead 3-1 over Rangers after eight innings

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The San Francisco Giants are three outs from winning the World Series after starting pitcher Tim Lincecum retired the side in the eighth inning to protect the Giants' 3-1 lead in World Series Game 5.

Lincecum has held the Rangers to only three hits, including a solo home run by Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning.

In the top of the eighth inning, Texas reliever Netfali Feliz, who usually closes victories, took over for starter Cliff Lee and allowed a two-out single to Buster Posey. But Cody Ross then grounded out.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: San Francisco Giants' Edgar Renteria is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

 

World Series Game 5 update: Cruz homers to cut Giants' lead to 3-1 over Rangers after seven innings

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The Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz slammed a solo home run to cut the San Francisco Giants' lead to 3-1 in the seventh inning of World Series Game 5.

Cruz's blast over the left-field wall off Giants starter Tim Lincecum came after Edgar Renteria hit a three-run home run in the top of the inning against the Rangers' Cliff Lee.

San Francisco, leading three games to one in the best-of-seven series, needs one win to capture the World Series.

The homer by Renteria, 34, came after Cody Ross and Juan Uribe led off the inning with back-to-back singles.

After Aubrey Huff's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third bases, the Giants' struggling Pat Burrell struck out yet again. But Renteria followed with his homer over the left-center wall, stunning the crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz (2nd R) watches his solo home run off San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (R) as catcher Buster Posey (L) and home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg look on in the seventh inning during Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Tim Sharp

World Series Game 5 update: Giants, Rangers still no score after sixth inning

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The Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants remained locked in a scoreless World Series Game 5 after six innings Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas got a leadoff single from Mitch Moreland against Giants starter Tim Lincecum. But Elvis Andrus and Michael Young flied out and Josh Hamilton grounded out.

Freddy Sanchez hit a two-out single in the top of the inning when right fielder Nelson Cruz couldn't handle his shallow fly ball despite a diving try. Buster Posey then slammed a ball deep to right-center field that Cruz caught at the base of the wall.

--Jim Peltz

 Photo: Fans celebrate as they watch the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

World Series Game 5 update: Rangers, Giants remain scoreless after five innings

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World Series Game 5 between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers remained scoreless after five innings Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Giants' Tim Lincecum continued cruising along, retiring Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Bengie Molina in order.

The Giants gave Texas starter Cliff Lee something to worry about in the top of the inning when Aubrey Huff led off with a high chopper and Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland dropped the close-range throw from second baseman Ian Kinsler.

But Lee then struck out Giants designated hitter Pat Burrell -- Burrell's ninth strikeout in the series -- and Edgar Renteria grounded into a double play.

The Giants hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven-game series and a win tonight would give them their first championship since 1954, when the team played in New York.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

World Series Game 5 update: Giants, Rangers locked in scoreless pitchers' duel after four innings

  Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz reacts after striking out during the fourth inning in game five of the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Rangers Ballpark.

As advertised, World Series Game 5 is a pitchers' duel with no score after four innings between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

Texas finally got its first hit against Giants starter Tim Lincecum in the bottom of the fourth inning, a leadoff single by Michael Young. But Josh Hamilton struck out, Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a force out and Nelson Cruz struck out.

The Rangers' Cliff Lee, in turn, has allowed only two hits.

The Giants' Buster Posey grounded out to start the top of the inning. Cody Ross then struck out swinging at a nasty curveball from Lee and Juan Uribe flied out.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz reacts after striking out during the fourth inning in game five of the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Rangers Ballpark.  Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

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