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Wednesday, April 3rd (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (1-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (0-0, 0.00) Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Two pitchers attempt to put a miserable 2012 season behind them on Wednesday when San Francisco's Tim Lincecum squares off against Josh Beckett of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber match of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Lincecum was awful a year ago, posting the worst marks of his career in nearly every major pitching category, including losses (15), ERA (5.18) and walks (90), all while failing to throw a single complete game in 33 starts. His ERA was the worst in the NL and more than two runs higher than the 2.74 mark he posted in 2011.

"It's a new year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Let's see what happens this year. That's how he has to look at it."

As bad as his regular season was, Lincecum shined for the Giants in the postseason as a reliever. However, he failed to carry that momentum into the spring where he was 0-3 with a 10.57 ERA over 15 1/3 Cactus League innings.

"I think I want what any player wants," said Lincecum. "At the end of the year you want to be playing in October and into November. Obviously on a personal note, coming off a lackluster year for me, coming back and surprising myself in a way and obviously surprising some (other) people would be a big thing for me."

Beckett, meanwhile, struggled as well a year ago, as he posted a 5-11 mark with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for Boston before being dealt to the Dodgers in late August. Things got better for Beckett in L.A., where he threw to a 2.93 ERA over seven starts, but was just 2-3.

Both Lincecum and Beckett have some work to do if they plan on matching the pitching performances through the first two games of this series.

After Clayton Kershaw's four-hit shutout paced the Dodgers in the opener, Madison Bumgarner surrendered just two hits over eight scoreless innings to help the Giants to a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Bumgarner (1-0), who retired 18 Dodgers in a row at one point, struck out six for San Francisco, which tallied 10 hits but grounded into four double plays.

"I felt really good, the best in a long time," Bumgarner said. "It feels good to get started on a good note. I felt like I was careful and made some quality pitches."

Joaquin Arias tallied two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Sergio Romo picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) made his highly-anticipated major league debut for the Dodgers and gave up three runs -- one earned -- on 10 hits over 6 1/3 frames. He fanned five and walked none.

"He knew what he was doing, he changed speeds. He wasn't as sharp as spring training, but he gets himself out of jams," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu.

The Giants won the season series from the Dodgers last season, 10-8.

04/03 10:36:01 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR