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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecums days of dominance may be in t

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecums days of dominance may be in the past. Brandon Morrow Jersey . That doesnt mean he cant dial up flashes of the Freak he once was -- especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. "Ive always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout," Lincecum said. "I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a little bit more often." "Today I tried to be a little bit more efficient and take what they were going to give me. They were giving me a lot of groundballs and a lot of pop flies, so I was just going to try to keep attacking the way that I was," he said. Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one in a 113-pitch outing -- 35 fewer than he needed last July 13 against the Padres in his first no-hitter. Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning, relying much more on his off-speed stuff than his fastball. Though the Padres hit a few balls hard, San Francisco fielders didnt need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecums gem. The right-hander with two NL Cy Young Awards became just the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team. Hall of Famer Addie Joss did it for Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox with a perfect game in 1908 and a no-hitter in 1910. "Its hard enough to do one," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "To do two, that puts you in a little different class. I couldnt be happier." Lincecum (6-5) threw the 16th no-hitter in Giants team history. Just one other pitcher has thrown two -- Christy Mathewson for the New York Giants more than 100 years ago. In fact, Lincecum joined Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers with two Cy Young awards and two no-hitters. "Just to be in that company allows me a chance to pat myself on the back a little bit," he said. Making the performance even sweeter was the fact that Lincecum even got two hits of his own, becoming the first pitcher with two hits in a no-hitter since Rick Wise hit two homers for Philadelphia against Cincinnati on June 23, 1971. "Regardless of what they did, I think its cool I got two hits anyway because up to today I only had one and a pretty poor batting average," Lincecum said. "I got that thing above .100 and I feel much better about it." But Lincecum will always be known for his pitching. He arrived as a shaggy-haired phenom nicknamed the Freak in 2007 for his ability to generate tremendous velocity from his slight frame. He won NL Cy Young awards in 2008 and 09 and helped lead the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco the following season. As age and wear and tear ate away at his velocity, Lincecum was forced to change what kind of pitcher he is. It hasnt been an easy transformation at times as he posted a losing record the past two seasons as his ERA hovered around 5.00. He was even relegated to the bullpen when the Giants won it all again in 2012 but was brought back with a $35 million, two-year deal last off-season for moments just like this. "I think its been a battle for him at times to make that transformation to what he is now," Bochy said. "Sometimes less is more, and thats what I think if anything, hopefully he learned today." Headley walked with one out in the second after falling behind 1-2 in the count. The Padres began the day worst in the majors in batting average, runs and hits. "He was good. It wasnt a fluke," Headley said. "His split and changeup or whatever you want to call it. If its not the best in baseball, then its one of the best pitches in baseball. Even with the diminished velocity, its still a tremendous pitch. He was able to throw it for strikes when he wanted too." This was the third no-hitter in the majors this year. Clayton Kershaw did it exactly a week ago and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Josh Beckett did it earlier in the season. The Padres, incidentally, are the only franchise in the big leagues that has never pitched a no-hitter. Lincecum made quick work of the San Diego hitters in the late innings. He drew a standing ovation when he batted in the eighth, then got another ovation when he took the mound to begin the ninth. "His rhythm was going," third baseman Pablo Sandoval said. "Thats the best hes pitched. Two no-hitters, thats pretty impressive." Lincecum struck out pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia to open the ninth. Pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal followed with a tapper back to Lincecum, who tossed to first for the out. Will Venable was up next, and Lincecum retired him on an easy grounder to second base. Lincecum took a few steps toward first when the ball was hit, stopped to watch the play and clapped his hand into his glove when it was over. Catcher Hector Sanchez soon met Lincecum for an embrace, and the rest of the Giants joined in the celebration. "It was amazing," Sanchez said. "Anybody wants to be part of something special like this. Thats a great feeling." Buster Posey got four hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Ian Kennedy (5-9) allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight. The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the second when Brandon Crawford tripled and Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly. NOTES: Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-3, 4.13) is scheduled to start Thursdays series opener against Cincinnati. ... RHP Tyson Ross (6-7, 3.22) starts for the Padres against Arizona on Friday. ... The Padres are hosting a public memorial for Tony Gwynn on Thursday at 7:19 p.m. at Petco Park. Gwynn wore No. 19. Andre Ethier Jersey . 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He was probably the best player on the ice in the Subway Series. I like the way he plays. He plays within his limits and thats where he excels. Ive developed a lot since then, said Nurse, who has 19 points in 19 games with the Soo Greyhounds. Im not putting myself in those situations that get myself in trouble on the ice and not helping out my teammates. Its just maintaining that simple game mindset and being someone who is hard to play against. I have always had the tools; its just finding the way to use them. Over the summer watching a lot of film and having the opportunity to go to Edmonton helped me out a lot. Its another year under my belt. Its been good for me, a great learning experience over the last 12 months. Not getting an invite last year still stings. Its just a little bit of added motivation, admitted Nurse. You dont need much more motivation than having the opportunity to play on home ice in front of friends and family. That adds a little fuel to the fire I am just looking forward to this opportunity. Nurse is missing out on the struggles of the Oilers this season. That may be the best thing for his game. Not being there opens up opportunities like this which Ive been looking forward to all year. Its a win-win situation for me. Im going to ddevelop playing junior and hopefully play in this tournament. Adrian Gonzalez Jersey. Max Domi has already played in many high profile games, including three Memorial Cup tournaments. He insists he is over not getting an invite last year. When asked for whats changed in his game from a year ago, Domi is quick to respond. Everything, he said. You mature on and off the ice, and for the on ice aspect you get a more complete game, you know how to play without the puck and when to go a little harder, said Domi. You always find ways to get better. An extra year to get better has made a big difference to me. Hes been through a lot of things in his career. Hes been around, and at 19-years old, that gives you the opportunity to figure out what … keeps you off the team, said Groulx. Like anybody else at 19-years old, he is way better prepared to play at that level. Domi has 58 points in 27 games with the London Knights this season, playing for Dale Hunter. They (Groulx and Hunter) are pretty similar coaches in the sense they both want to win and they both expect you to work hard every shift and play within the system. Im used to that. Obviously Dale is as big a reason why Im here and a big reason why Im the hockey player I am today. Domi has practiced early in camp on a line centered by Sam Reinhart, with Anthony Duclair on right wing. This has the potential to be Canadas top line. Ive played four years of junior now, I know what it takes to play at that level. Ive never played on the world stage for world juniors, said Domi, the 12th overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft by Arizona. 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