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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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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
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MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
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OKC 86
GSW 91
2nd
LAL 24
DEN 21
 
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GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
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ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
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FAIR 80
SD 72
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EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
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DEN 80
COPST 54
 
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UAB 58
JST 50
 
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WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
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CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
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LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
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SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
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KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
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UCF 76
USCU 69
 
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SCAR 63
AKR 68
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WVU 78
UCONN 68
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CALST 70
DEL 52
 
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HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
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OSU 106
SHU 48
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VANDY 78
TENST 46
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NE 65
MAN 51
 
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COLST 75
MERC 62
 
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MISS 80
NARZ 74
 
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WASH 76
PAC 69
 
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
2nd
CHAR 31
MIAMI 40
 
2nd
GAELS 42
UCI 41
 
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ILLST 33
ODU 24
 
1st
UCLA 12
LBSU 8
 
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MONT
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
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NYR 5
MON 0
3rd
ANA 2
ARI 1
 
1st
VAN 1
CHI 0
 
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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SFX 17
WAS 13
3rd
NYG 21
DAL 10