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Daily Madden: In Defense Of Bochy

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Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up a run to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up a run to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Did Giants manager Bruce Bochy leave ace pitcher Tim Lincecum in the game too long in the team’s 7-4 loss to the Rockies Monday night?

Some analysts and a lot of fans think so, but John Madden disagreed when spoke to the KCBS morning crew.

“He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball, and you don’t have a lot left that you’re going to put in that’s better than him,” Madden said. “That’s what a great pitcher does. He has trouble and then gets himself out of trouble.”

Meanwhile in Kansas City, Royals reliever and former A’s pitcher Vin Mazzaro is now in the record books after giving up 14 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians.

“At some point you think someone would give a mercy pull,” Madden said, noting the manager should also shoulder some blame. “That’s the first manager since 1900 that left a pitcher in the game long enough to get 14 runs.”

John also said he continues to be frustrated watching NFL Lockout coverage.

“It’s all these lawyers walking into court… I have no idea who these guys are, and they’re representing the NFL and its players. And until we get it away from them we’re never going to get back. They don’t live with football. They didn’t live with it before and they’re not going to live with it after.” (8:50)

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