Tim Lincecum's last two starts have been polar opposites. After a 148-pitch no-hitter July 13, the Giants right-hander was roughed up for a season-high eight runs in his next outing.
Which pitcher will the Giants get for Sunday's series finale against the Cubs at AT&T Park?
On Monday against the Reds, Lincecum allowed nine hits and lasted just 3 2/3 innings for his 10th loss of the season. That made him just the sixth pitcher since 1900 to allow eight or more runs in the first start after throwing a no-hitter.
"It's hard to measure, whether it was the nine days since he last pitched or the Reds hitters," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. "But if he gets out of the first inning, it's a different ballgame."
Lincecum will be up against Cubs left-hander Travis Wood, who is looking to rebound after failing to notch a quality start in his last outing for only the third time this season.
He allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against the D-backs on Tuesday for his seventh loss of the season. The outing marked the most runs Wood surrendered since serving up five runs to the Reds on May 25.
"He's a tough pitcher; he comes in on you hard," D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock said. "Thankfully, we strung together some good at-bats against him later on and it worked out for us."
In four career starts against the Giants, Wood is 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA.
Cubs: Samardzija, Sveum shrug off trade rumors
Starter Jeff Samardzija and manager Dale Sveum both denied rumors Saturday that the right-hander could be on the trading block.
According to FOX Sports' and MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are listening to offers for Samardzija, 28, although the asking price would be high.
"I don't think that's going to happen," Sveum said about dealing Samardzija. "We have control of a guy for 2 1/2 more years. I think somebody had to throw something out there and was bored and put some silly rumor out there."
"We're in the position where we do what we're told and go where we're supposed to go," Samardzija said. "Obviously, we know when we pitch. I don't have a no-trade clause or anything like that, but I know I'm still protected and under control for a couple more years. It's out of my hands, out of my control."
Giants: Vogelsong feeling great after rehab outing
Starter Ryan Vogelsong completed his second rehab appearance Friday for Class A San Jose, allowing a two-run home run in 2 2/3 innings.
"He felt great," Bochy said. "He really felt good about adjusting. He said in the [pregame] bullpen he was a little uncomfortable getting balls where he wanted, but he adjusted."
Vogelsong will travel to the White House on Monday before joining the Giants' Double-A affiliate in nearby Richmond, Va. Bochy said Vogelsong's original target date of Aug. 9 is still a possibility.
• The Giants' 76 errors this season are the most in the Majors.
• The Cubs have the most extra-base hits in the National League with 333.
• Wood has allowed 10 home runs this season after surrendering a career-high 25 in 2012.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.