Lincecum Decides To Lighten Up

The Giants' ace shed some serious weight over the offseason. How? By swimming -- and cutting back on the In-N-Out.

--RHP Tim Lincecum gained weight last year? Hard to believe, but that's what the two-time Cy Young Award winner said. He's at 175 pounds, he said, down from 187 at the end of last season. At the end of the 2010 season, he added, he was at 157. How did he drop from 187 to 175? Smaller orders at In-N-Out Burger and swimming.

--3B Pablo Sandoval signed a three-year, $17.15 million contract. The Giants were convinced he would continue to tackle his weight issues. But his weight isn't exactly where the Giants want him to be, manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's got a few pounds to lose. That's fair to say," Bochy said. Sandoval countered by claiming it was mostly muscle.

--OFs Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, who arrived in trades from the Mets and Royals, respectively, both are candidates to lead off. Pagan would seem to be the preferred choice because of his speed and Cabrera's RBI punch. But manager Bruce Bochy appears undecided. "Both of them have done it," he said. "I would say Pagan is going in as the front-runner to hit leadoff. We'll look at Cabrera in the two spot, or maybe the five or six spots. Right now, we're keeping our options open."

--LHP Barry Zito is the fifth starter even though he hasn't exactly proved in all his years as a Giant that he belongs in an elite rotation. "I would say it's Zito's job to lose," GM Brian Sabean said. It's not as if there's another high-profile candidate unless RHP Eric Surkamp suddenly takes spring training by storm.

--RHP Brian Wilson is coming off an elbow ailment that will slow his pace in spring training. He said he lost 10 pounds, but the main issue is the arm. He's expected to be behind other relievers in training camp. In retrospect, he said the wear and tear of a strenuous 2010 championship season -- and strenuous training in the ensuing months -- affected him in 2011.

BY THE NUMBERS: 23-12 -- the Giants' spring-training record in 2011. They open the 2012 Cactus League season on March 3.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was a stay-at-home dad for five, six months. I have a newfound respect for stay-at-home moms. It's 24/7." -- Catcher Buster Posey, who missed most of last season with leg injuries and spent much of his time with his newborn twins.

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