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Lincecum returns, gives Giants some life

After missing two starts with bad back, Giants' ace handles heavy burden vs. Rockies

Originally Published: September 15, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- He's won a Cy Young, started an All-Star Game and appeared on his very own cover of Sports Illustrated. But on Monday, it was time for Tim Lincecum to do something REALLY important.

Such as: see what he could do to save the San Francisco Giants' entire season.

He couldn't quite do that single-handedly, of course. But somehow, it felt that way.

The ace hadn't pitched in 11 days, thanks to back spasms that would act up on you, too, if you had to carry a whole ...

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