Lincecum wins in return to majors, pitches Angels past A’s

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning Saturday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning Saturday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

OAKLAND — Tim Lincecum made a winning return to the majors, restarting his career after nearly a year away with six sharp innings and several ovations to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Oakland Athletics 7-1 Saturday.

Sporting a bright red hat and Angels jersey that was in stark contrast to the black and orange he wore across the Bay Bridge for nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Lincecum gave up one run and four hits.

The four-time All-Star struck out two and walked two.

The 32-year-old righty hadn’t pitched in the majors since last June 27. He had hip surgery in September, signed with the Angels in May and made three starts in the minors.

Lincecum didn’t quite have the blazing fastball that he used to win back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards, but he was still strong in his debut with Los Angeles.

Lincecum retired seven straight during one stretch and got A’s slugger Khris Davis to ground into a double play after walking the leadoff batter in the fifth.

Mike Trout homered and doubled for the Angels. Johnny Giovatella also homered to help Los Angeles to its third win in four games.

The Angels batted around and scored five times in the sixth. Ryan Dull (1-2) lost in relief.

Lincecum was followed by television cameras and received a standing ovation from fans of both teams — and a few wearing Giants No. 55 jerseys — as he walked to the bullpen for his pregame warmups. A second, louder ovation greeted Lincecum when he took the mound.

Lincecum breezed through the first two innings, then struggled with his command in the third when Danny Valencia’s two-out, broken-bat single on a 3-0 pitch drove in Billy Burns.

That was about the only blemish on Lincecum’s day.

After getting Davis to hit into the double play in the sixth, Lincecum retired Jed Lowrie on a fly ball to end his afternoon. Manager Mike Scioscia stood on the top steps of the Angels dugout and greeted Lincecum with a handshake as he came off the field to another big cheer.

Trout hit his tying home run leading off fourth to chase A’s starter Andrew Triggs. Two batters later, Giavotella followed with another solo shot that hit off the left field foul pole.

Triggs, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game, allowed three hits with one strikeout in his first major league start.


Angels: OF Todd Cunningham was designated for assignment. . C Geovanny Soto (right lateral meniscus) was scheduled to take batting practice before the game and could begin a rehab assignment in the minors next week.

Athletics: Righty reliever Liam Hendriks (triceps strain) is expected to come off the disabled list soon. Hendriks has been out since May 8. . INF Tyler Ladendorf was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Triggs.


Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (5-6) starts Sunday at the Coliseum. Weaver hasn’t made it past the sixth inning in his last four outings and is 1-3 during that stretch.

Athletics: LHP Eric Surkamp (0-4) pitches the series finale for Oakland. His 8.07 ERA is the highest in the AL and third-highest in the majors among pitchers with 25 innings or more.Los Angeles AngelsMLBOakland AthleticsSan Francisco GiantsTim Lincecum

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