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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy remembered stressing out while watching Tim Lincecum labour through the final innings of his 148-pitch no-hitter at San Diego last July. official nfl jerseys cheap . The Giants manager said there was "no chance" of stretching out his starter again Wednesday, even after Lincecum logged five hitless innings. Not with a blister forming on the tip of Lincecums middle finger. Not with the Giants owning baseballs best record. And certainly, not with more than half of the season to play. Instead, Lincecum and five relievers combined on a weird two-hitter to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. "He worked so hard out there. It was time," Bochy said. The unconventional performance included 10 baserunners -- five walks, two hits, two errors and a hit batter -- before an announced sellout crowd of 41,186 at AT&T Park that wanted to cheer history. Lincecum struck out five, walked four and hit a batter in another wild but effective start. George Kontos (1-0) retired four straight before John Baker singled through the right side of the infield with one out in the seventh against lefty Jeremy Affeldt for Chicagos first hit. The Cubs hold the longest streak in the majors without being no-hit. The last time it happened to them was 1965, when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game for the Dodgers. "Whats the cliche? Its a game of inches," Baker said. "I think the Chicago Cubs are proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that baseballs a game of inches." Hector Sanchez hit a two-run double, and three others drove in a run to help the Giants (34-19) extend the best record in the majors. San Francisco has won six of seven after holding the Cubs scoreless in consecutive games. Edwin Jackson (3-5) gave up two runs on four hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Cubs, who have not won a road series since last September. He struck out nine and walked two. But for most of a sunny afternoon along the bay, the focus remained on whether San Franciscos staff would complete an improbable no-hitter. Lincecum had a 32-pitch first inning that ended on Nate Schierholtzs sharp lineout to first baseman Buster Posey with runners on second and third. He tossed another 20 in the second and pitched a perfect third. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner hit Schierholtz and overcame an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford on a grounder in the fourth. And after walking Emilio Bonifacio in the fifth, Lincecum got Junior Lake to ground into a double play. It was the second straight erratic outing for Lincecum. He walked six in six innings in San Franciscos 6-2 win over Minnesota last Friday. Lincecum said a tiny blister began forming on the tip of his middle finger in the third. He said its not serious, but he didnt want to risker further injury. And with a no-hitter on his resume already, he felt no need to lobby Bochy for another inning. "I think its just because I know what our bullpen is capable of," Lincecum said. "I just wanted to get the win today and put up some good numbers today, so it was good." Jean Machi got two outs on three pitches, Juan Gutierrez allowed a single to Anthony Rizzo in 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Javier Lopez recorded the final two outs in the ninth. San Francisco supplied support for the pitchers in the late innings. Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Colvin drove in a run in the sixth, and Sanchez hit a two-run double to highlight a three-run seventh that gave the Giants a 5-0 lead. Bochy said Sanchez will continue to catch Lincecum most of the season. He said the move is made, in part, to save Posey from the bumps and bruises that often come with catching Lincecum. "We have a good relationship," Sanchez said, "and we work well together." NOTES: Giants RHP Matt Cain, who missed his last start with a strained right hamstring, threw a bullpen session and is on schedule to make his next start Saturday at St. Louis. ... The Cubs have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series at Milwaukee on Friday. ...RHP Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 3.20 ERA) starts for the Giants in the opener of a four-game series at St. Louis on Thursday. soccer jerseys wholesale . -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are disappointed, though not discouraged. china jerseys cheap . Gonzalez participated in his final game on Sunday, Atlantas 21-20 defeat at the hands of the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, having posted four catches for 46 yards. http://www.wholesalejerseysnflauthentic.com/ .com) - Jenny Boucek is the new head coach of the Seattle Storm. A look back at Week Two of the NFL season, including Aaron Rodgers greatness, Julio Jones going deep, the Chargers better than expected, big numbers from the Eagles, lots of running back injuries and more. 1. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (34-for-42, 480 YDS, 2 TD) staked his claim to the throne as the best player in the game. Left out of the action in Week One, WR James Jones (11 REC, 178 YDS, 12 targets) made up for it this week. WR Randall Cobb (9 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD) had another big game and WR Jordy Nelson (3 REC, 66 YDS, 2 TD, 4 targets) made the most of his few opportunities. 2. Though he missed some practice time during the week, Falcons WR Julio Jones (11 REC, 182 YDS, 1 TD, 14 targets) had a monster game against the Rams. Thus the cautionary tale to not downgrade someone just because of a missed practice or two. 3. Chargers QB Philip Rivers (36-for-47, 419 YDS, 3 TD) was outstanding against the Eagles. TE Antonio Gates (8 REC, 124 YDS, 10 targets) and WR Eddie Royal (7 REC, 90 YDS, 3 TD) are prime targets if Rivers is in fine form. Royal now has five touchdowns in two weeks after 10 in the previous five seasons. 4. Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (5 REC, 102 YDS, 6 targets) was crushed by a hit from Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans that sent Floyd to the hospital with a neck injury. Floyd is apparently okay and rejoined teammates for the flight home. 5. It was a losing effort, but Eagles QB Michael Vick (23-for-36, 428 YDS, 2 TD, 1 rush TD) had a monster game, hitting WR DeSean Jackson (9 REC, 193 YDS, 1 TD, 15 targets) for a good portion of the damage. 6. One week after shredding Green Bays secondary for 412 yards passing, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (13-for-28, 127 YDS, 3 INT, 87 rush YDS, 9 carries) was stymied by Seattles defence. Its a testament to Seattles defence, which includes the leagues best secondary, but also a warning sign for Kaepernick who has shown brilliance, but has also made just nine career starts. 7. It wasnt just Kaepernick getting locked down by Seattles D. 49ers RB Frank Gore had 30 yards on 10 touches, including 16 rushing yards on nine carries, and WR Anquan Boldin (1 REC, 7 YDS, 4 targets) was locked down one week after going for 208 yards against the Packers. WR Kyle Williams (4 REC, 39 YDS, 6 targets) was the 49ers receiving leader. 8. With WR Danny Amendola out, Patriots QB Tom Brady revealed his trust in WR Julian Edelman, targeting him 18 times (13 REC, 78 YDS) against the Jets. The rookies were a little more troubling. Aaron Dobson (3 REC, 56 YDS, 1 TD) had several drops in his 10 targets, while Kenbrell Thompkins (2 REC, 47 YDS) was targeted seven times. Brady didnt hide his displeasure with the newbies, but they are what he has right now, so hell have to find a way to make it work. 9. Lions RB Reggie Bush suffered a knee injury against Arizona, creating a potential opportunity for Lions RB Joique Bell (72 YDS, 13 touches), who has been productive (164 YDS, 2 TD) through the first two weeks. 10. Packers RB Eddie Lacy was knocked out of Sundays game with a concussion, after a head-shot from Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather. In Lacys absence, RB James Starks rumbled for 168 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 24 touches. If Lacys out, Starks sure has some appeal after that performance. 11. Bills QB E.J. Manuel (27-for-39, 296 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT) was more inclined to throw downfield in his second start, rallying the Bills from an eight-point deficit to score the winning touchdown with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Mentioned last week that WR Steve Johnson (8 REC, 111 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) wouldnt maximize his value with Manuel playing so close to the vest, but that doesnt look like such a concern after Game Two, especially now that the Bills have seen Manuel can lead a crunch-time drive. 12. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch does some of his best work against the 49ers, one of the leagues best run defences. In Week Two, it was 135 yards and three touchdowns on 31 touches, but in seven career games against the Niners, Lynch has averaged 108.6 yards from scrimmage. Among teams that hes played at least three times, Lynch has averaged more yards from scrimmage against only Cleveland (128.0) and Dallas (121.0). 13. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was held to 53 yards rushing against San Diego but, taking receptions into account, he ended up with 167 yards on 16 touches and leads the league with 356 yards from scrimmage through two weeks. 14. Washington QB Robert Griffin III (26-for-40, 320 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) ultimately had fine numbers but, not unlike Week One, there were a lot of empty calories in there, scoring three touchdowns once the Packers had raced out to a 31-0 lead. 15. Bills RB C.J. Spiller had 129 yards on 20 touches, a productive day, but backup RB Fred Jackson had 16 touches, gaining 59 yards. When the Bills were making noise in camp about giving Spiller so many touches ("until he throws up", I seem to recall), there wasnt the expectation that Spiller would have 42 touches compared to Fred Jacksons 33 touches through two games. 16. Ravens RB Ray Rice left Sundays game with a hip flexor strain. Bernard Pierce (57 YDS, 1 TD, 19 carries) saw more action in Rices absence. 17. Falcons RB Steven Jackson injured after three carries for zero yards and an eight-yard touchdown reception. Jacquizz Rodgers (45 YDS, 15 touches) wasnt very effective in relief. 18. Texans rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins (7 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) announced his presence, but also indicated that QB Matt Schaub isnt afraid to throw to him. Its never easy for rookie receivers, particularly those across from a proven star, but Hopkins might be in line for some strong first-year numbers. Also, note that Texans WR Andre Johnson was being evaluated for a concussion after Sundays game. 19. Rams QB Sam Bradford (32-for-555, 352 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) had a produtive game, with wideouts Chris Givens (5 REC, 105 YDS, 8 targets), Austin Pettis (8 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD, 11 targets) and Tavon Austin (6 REC, 47 YDS, 2 TD, 12 targets) all getting in on the act. Im still reserving judgment on Austin, the eighth overall pick in the draft, who has 88 yards (and those two touchdowns) through two games -- its hard for rookie receivers to make an immediate impact. 20. Bears RB Matt Forte rolled up 161 yards on 30 touches (including 11 REC on 11 targets) against the Vikings. Considering what Lions RB Reggie Bush did to the Vikings in Week One, that should make Week Threes opponents (Cleveland RB Trent Richardson) more appealing. 21. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (24-for-34, 319 YDS, 1 TD) generally had his way against the Colts defence. After Terrelle Pryors play in Week One, going up against the Colts defence is starting to look like a pretty good matchup, even for quarterbacks that arent top tier. cheap nike nfl jerseys. Next week, they are in San Francisco to take on Kaepernick and the 49ers. 22. Browns TE Jordan Cameron (5 REC, 95 YDS, 7 targets) had another strong week and ranks second among tight ends with 203 yards receiving through two weeks. The Browns top target was WR Greg Little (4 REC, 33 YDS, 12 targets), so they could probably use WR Josh Gordon, suspended for the first two weeks, anytime now. 23. Bears TE Martellus Bennett (7 REC, 76 YDS, 2 TD) is getting more looks than WR Alshon Jeffrey. Through two weeks, Bennett ranks seventh among tight ends with 16 targets. While its becoming all the rage to have former college basketballers at tight end, its worth noting that Bennett played a little bit of hoops at Texas A & M. 24. Texans RB Arian Foster accumulated some yardage late, ending up with 85 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. Its not ideal production, yet, but even off this slow start, hes on pace for 1,400 yards from scrimmage. 25. Saints TE Jimmy Graham (10 REC, 179 YDS, 1 TD) had the kind of game against Tampa Bay that provided assurance to all those that took him as the top tight end in fantasy circles. With Rob Gronkowski out, no one else is in Grahams class. 26. Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (107 YDS, 2 TD, 16 touches) was much more productive than rookie Montee Ball (43 YDS, 14 touches) even though they had a similar workload. Moreno is the best option in Denver right now while Ronnie Hillman is quickly the forgotten man. 27. With RB Vick Ballard out for the season, Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (84 YDS, 1 TD, 18 touches) took on a little more work in Week Two. As long as he stays healthy, Bradshaw should be productive and able to handle even more touches. RB Donald Brown (30 YDS, 7 carries) moved into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with Ballard injured. 28. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (9 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) was back in business, after an ineffective first week and his production came at the expense of WR Miles Austin (3 REC, 31 YDS, 4 targets) and TE Jason Witten (3 REC, 12 YDS, 8 targets). 29. Broncos WR Eric Decker (9 REC, 87 YDS, 13 targets) had the biggest day receiving for the Broncos, one week after he was the fourth receiving option against Baltimore in the opener. 30. Washington WR Pierre Garcon (8 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) is clearly Griffins preferred target. 31. After expressing disappointment over his use in Week One, Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (9 REC, 115 YDs, 1 TD, 11 targets) delivered for the Dolphins. 32. Raiders RB Darren McFadden (157 yards, 23 touches) is a fine player when hes in the lineup. Through two weeks, McFadden has 223 yards from scrimmage. Take that production and bank it now. 33. Giants QB Eli Manning threw four interceptions, giving him seven in two games this season and leads the NFL with 63 interceptions thrown since the start of the 2010 season. 34. Nonetheless, Giants WR Victor Cruz (8 REC, 118 YDS, 11 targets) and TE Brandon Myers (6 REC, 74 YDS, 10 targets) had productive games when Manning was throwing to the right team. 35. Dolphins FB/TE Charles Clay (5 REC, 109 YDS, 7 targets) had a big day and now has 163 receiving yards through two games, ahead of all fullbacks and behind only three tight ends (Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates). 36. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (6 REC, 124 YDS, 12 targets) had a big game for the Colts. With TE Dwayne Allen out, TE Coby Fleener (4 REC, 69 YDS, 8 targets) was also productive -- it was Fleeners highest yardage total since the first game of his career (Wk. 1 last season), when he had 82 yards against the Bears. 37. Jets RB Bilal Powell had 70 yards on 15 touches against the Patriots Thursday, though Chris Ivory led the Jets with 52 rushing yards on a dozen carries. Powell had a touchdown and more total yards, but thats still a pretty close split in terms of touches in the Jets backfield. 38. Jets QB Geno Smith was 15-for-35 with three interceptions against New England. His top targets, with eight apiece, were WR Stephen Hill (4 REC, 86 YDS) and WR Clyde Gates (2 REC, 42 YDS). Eventually, if hes healthy, Santonio Holmes should be the primary target, but second-year deep threat Hill has potential to put up yardage. 39. The Vikings were close with the Bears, but had two returns for touchdowns. WR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 105-yard kickoff return to start the game and DE Bryan Robison had a 61-yard fumble return for a touchdown. To get two touchdown returns and still lose? Thats gonna leave a mark. 40. There is a question of how effective Titans QB Jake Locker will be, particularly as a passer, but it does appear that second-year WR Kendall Wright (7 REC, 54 YDS, 1 TD, 11 targets) is emerging as the best option (ahead of Kenny Britt and Nate Washington) in the Tennessee passing game. 41. Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman (9-for-22, 125 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT) was horrible against New Orleans -- though this is the second straight week that the Saints defence has been effective -- and yet the Bucs had every opportunity to win for the second straight week. Of course, for the second straight week, they ended up losing. 42. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (27 YDS, 10 carries) wasnt terribly effective before suffering a sprained ankle at Oakland. If hes out, Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman are next in line to run the ball for Jacksonville. 43. Bills DE Mario Williams registered 4.5 sacks. For all the criticism he might face, Williams has 63.5 sacks since the start of the 2007 season. Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware (93.5), Vikings DE Jared Allen (90.5) and Cardinals OLB John Abraham (64.5) are the only defenders with more. 44. Jaguars wide receivers Cecil Shorts (8 REC, 93 YDS, 14 targets) and Ace Sanders (5 REC, 64 YDS, 7 targets) were more productive with Chad Henne (25-for-38, 241 YDS, 1 TD) at quarterback. 45. Giants RB David Wilson (17 YDS, 7 carries) effectively had the No. 1 job, but RB Brandon Jacobs (4 YDS, 1 TD, 7 carries) had as many touches. 46. Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (13 tackles, . 5 sack) is a rising star in the Tampa Bay secondary. 47. Texans OLB Brian Cushing (11 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL) has delivered two huge games since returning from injury and signing his contract extension. 48. Patriots CB Aqib Talib had a pair of picks against the Jets and the Patriots needed them. 49. Vick leads the league with 10.34 yards per passing attempt, just ahead of Rodgers (10.29). 50. Texans RB Ben Tate, with 8.2 yards per carry (148 YDS on 18 carries), is pushing Foster for carries in Houston. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '
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