SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sporting short hair and specs he doesn't need but chooses to complete his new look, Tim Lincecum looked nothing like the hard-throwing San Francisco pitcher the Bay Area has come to know for his shaggy `do and strong arm.
Lincecum drew comparisons Friday ranging from Buddy Holly to Elvis Costello and even Greg Maddux. Silicon Valley smarty, to poet and professor.
A transformed Lincecum, indeed. One constant he is counting on: staying in the starting rotation for the reigning World Series champions.
The two-time Cy Young winner embraced his role out of the bullpen during the playoffs but is ready for a comeback. He spent his winter in Seattle working out with trainers who pushed him to new physical limits after running his own routine during past offseasons.

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