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Thursday, September 26th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-67) at San Francisco Giants (73-85), 10:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Edinson Volquez (9-12, 5.77) San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (10-14, 4.44)

(Sports Network) - Barry Zito capped the likely end of his San Francisco Giants tenure with a victory.

Upcoming free agent Tim Lincecum will try to do the same on Thursday night when the Giants conclude a three-game set with the NL West-champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lincecum's two-year, $40.5 million deal is set to expire at season's end and his recent struggles suggest he may not be on the Giants' radar for next season.

While the right-hander won back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008-09 and helped deliver the Giants World Series victories in 2010 and '12, he went 10-15 with a 5.18 earned run average a season ago -- setting a career high for losses in a season -- and is 10-14 with a 4.44 ERA through 31 outings this year.

Lincecum pitched to a 3.77 ERA over a five-start unbeaten streak (4-0) before taking a loss to the New York Yankees on Friday. He was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings.

"I let them get some men on cheaply out there and that's on me," said Lincecum. "It was tough to watch, I put the team in a bad situation."

The 29-year-old did strike out six to surpass 1,500 for his career. He became the seventh pitcher in Giants history to reach that mark and first since Gaylord Perry in 1971.

Lincecum is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers this season.

He'll follow Zito's swan song after the lefty helped the Giants secure a 6-4 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. Zito allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over five innings.

Zito signed a monster seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants back in 2006 and it has a club option for next season at $18 million, but with a $7 million buyout.

"I still remember where I was when the contract was finalized and I knew it was going to be a heck of a ride, on the field and off, and it's certainly been that for me," said Zito.

Tony Abreu drove in four runs and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who had lost four of six.

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two RBI and A.J. Ellis drove in a run for the Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and sit two games behind Atlanta for the second-best record in the NL.

Ricky Nolasco was touched for all six runs on eight hits while fanning seven over 5 2/3 innings.

"Ricky's shown us he can throw the ball really well and he can make good pitches," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think Ricky has done anything that's going to change our mind (about the playoff roster)."

Edinson Volquez is hoping to be a part of the Dodgers' playoff run and he gets the start tonight.

Volquez went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts this year with San Diego before getting released. He is 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in five outings (4 starts) since joining Los Angeles and faced his former Padres club on Friday.

The 30-year-old righty had a quality start, but took a 2-0 loss. He allowed both runs -- one earned -- on five hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

"I used to be here and I know where the ball travels," said Volquez. "I was just trying to keep my pitches down and keep the ball in the grass when they did hit it."

Volquez is 0-1 wit ha 6.65 ERA in four encounters with the Giants this season.

San Francisco leads the season series with Los Angeles, 10-8.

09/26 10:44:30 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
2nd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
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KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 45
 
Half
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
Half
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 0
ALA 27
 
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AUB 14
SCAR 14
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
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UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
2nd Intermission
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
NJD 1
 
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MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 1
CHI 1
 
1st Intermission
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14