He had only about a half-hour from the Pirates' arrival at Twins camp to get ready to pitch after catching a 7:30 a.m. ET bus in Bradenton, Fla. -- close to a two-hour drive -- and he wasn't even throwing at the Twins' Spring Training home. It was a "B" game, so he was on the back field.
For a 25-year-old former first-round Draft pick who's hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation, this wasn't a problem.
"It's still a baseball game, you still got everybody watching you, you got all the coaches over there looking," said Lincoln, who went two innings in a shortened game the Twins won, 4-2. "You don't want a lackadaisical hang-your-head-because-you're-pitching-in-a-'B'-game-type attitude."
Lincoln threw about 30 pitches, almost all of them in a first inning that saw him load the bases on a pair of walks and a hit. Down, 3-0, in the count with two outs and the bags full, Lincoln worked out of the jam unscathed. He struck out none, but needed only six pitches for a perfect second inning.
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The right-hander felt his changeup was strong, and that the outing overall was, too, as he makes his case to head north.
"There's not a whole lot of talk going on right now about what their plans are with anybody, but right now, I'm still competing for the job," he said. "They still want me to work on some things, but I have to compete at the same time. I have to put those two together."
Andy Marte also had a good day in the "B" game, hitting a solo homer.