Back-to-back for Giants' Lincecum


November 20, 2009

Giants ace Tim Lincecum won the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday for the second straight year, emerging from one of the tightest votes in the history of the honor to become the first repeat winner since Randy Johnson.

The wiry right-hander, nicknamed "The Freak," needed only 15 victories to earn the award - the fewest for a Cy Young starter over a non-shortened season.

Lincecum led the NL with 261 strikeouts and tied for the league lead with four complete games and two shutouts.

Only 10 points separated the top three vote-getters. Chris Carpenter was second and Cardinals teammate Adam Wainwright finished third despite getting the most first-place votes.

Zack Greinke had equaled the previous low of 16 wins for a non-shortened season when he won the AL award on Tuesday.

Lincecum is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges stemming from a traffic stop in his home state of Washington on Oct. 30.

•Teams lost money in 2009, commissioner Bud Selig said after the final owners meeting of the year.

Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 6.7 percent last season from an average of 32,528 in 2008 to an average of 30,350.

Total attendance of 73.4 million was baseball's fifth-highest.

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