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Tim Lincecum, ex-landlord agree to $100,000 judgment in pitcher’s favor

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum’s favor, ending a legal dispute that began with allegations the former Washington Huskies standout left a town house he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.


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SAN FRANCISCO – Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum’s favor, ending a legal dispute that began with allegations the former Washington Huskies standout left a town house he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Lincecum, released a statement announcing the settlement.

Mindy Freile filed a lawsuit in October 2011 seeking $350,000 in damages against Lincecum. She claimed the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion stole and destroyed items in the town house he rented in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Lincecum, 29, countersued. He said the allegations were false and Freile violated a California law that required her to account for the whereabouts of his security deposit.

Lincecum’s attorney, Peter M. Bransten, said in a statement “it’s clear from the landlord’s agreement that a judgment be entered in Mr. Lincecum’s favor that her claim to have sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages was baseless.”

Lincecum said, “I am pleased with the result and believe that this was an attempt from the very beginning on the landlord’s part to take advantage of my public profile for financial gain. She kept the balance of my security deposit while making unsubstantiated claims of exaggerated damage. While litigation is something you always want to avoid, I will always defend myself against frivolous lawsuits.”

Notes

• Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw batting practice as a New York Yankee for the first time, facing five players for five pitches each.

Tanaka, who has a $155 million, seven-year contract, impressed catcher Brian McCann.

“As good as advertised,” McCann said. “I know it’s only a live bullpen, but you can tell he’s got the stuff. He’s got a great split. It really falls off the table. His motion is completely the same as his fastball, and that’s the key to getting swings and misses.”

• Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler must sit out the team’s first 11 games under a penalty imposed by the NCAA — and Baseball America reported several sources said the Philadelphia Phillies turned in Wetzler in November.

Wetzler sought the advice of a representative from a sports-management group after last summer’s draft. The left-hander was selected in the fifth round by the Phillies, but decided to return to Oregon State.

• Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, who was standing in the bullpen, was struck on the forehead by a ball hit by Andre Ethier as the Los Angeles Dodgers took batting practice in Glendale, Ariz. Koufax, 78, told reporters he was fine.



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