Audio slideshow: Star pitcher goes through the motion capture

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum suits up at a motion capture studio so 2K Sports can make a realistic character of him in their next baseball video game.

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It's been a busy year for San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum. Throwing a Major League-leading 265 strikeouts during 2008, his first full season in the league, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, was selected to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and was recently named the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.

Now, he's set to appear on the cover of 2K Sports' video game Major League Baseball 2K9. Earlier this week, we visited 2K Sports' motion capture studios in Novato, Calif., about a half-hour north of Lincecum's home field, AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Inside, the motion capture technicians had Lincecum suit up in a different kind of uniform, a tight black body suit covered in reflectors, which will help them re-create Lincecum's unique movements in the virtual world. Take a look at one of Major League Baseball's youngest rising stars.

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