Tim Lincecum scratched with flu

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Tim Lincecum is ducking the Phillies.  Or Vance Worley, anyway.

The Giants scratched their ace, who looked just fine at the White House yesterday, with a case of “the flu” Tuesday and moved up Barry Zito in the rotation to replace him in tonight’s showdown.

I think Lincecum just wanted to take his chances with Cole Hamels instead of the red-hot Worley.  Worley has allowed one run or fewer in six straight starts, the longest such streak in the NL this season.  If he can do it again tonight, he’ll match Justin Verlander for the majors’ longest streak this season.

Lincecum, on the other hand, has allowed one run or fewer in a mere five of his last six starts.  He’s 8-8 with a 2.90 ERA, while Worley is 6-1 with a 2.02 ERA.