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Relief about Tim Lincecum

Pitcher has looked like his old self, which means it is time to start again

Updated: October 16, 2012, 2:31 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

Maybe Tim Lincecum needed this.

Maybe he needed something on the borderline of career humiliation to happen to him for him to return to who and what he once was, to return to the greatness that he called normal, to find himself.

This season, the Freak was gone as was the thrill. His phenomenon had sunk so deep that coming up for air wasn't an option without the help -- or belief -- of someone other than himself.

A two-time Cy Young-winning pitcher ...

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