Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lincecum's Angels debut comes vs. familiar A's

Tim Lincecum will make his Angels debut and his return to the Bay Area on Saturday against the A's at the Coliseum. The 1:05 p.m. PT matchup will be available free on MLB.TV. Rookie right-hander Andrew Triggs will start for Oakland.
Lincecum signed with Anaheim last month and made three rehab starts as he recovered from September hip surgery, going 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA He joined the Angels in Oakland on Friday and said he's confident in both his health and his array of pitches, adding he expects to be successful.
"I don't want to go out there and just roll over. I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win every day," Lincecum said.
Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts for the Giants last year before his season was cut short in June with the hip injury. He began his rehab this winter and said his doctor told him he'd "have even more range than before," adding he feels he can rotate on his left hip in a way he hasn't done since prior to the 2011 season.
"I wouldn't say I'm back to where I used to be, but I'm pretty close," Lincecum said.
Lincecum said the Angels were the "right fit" because he wants to continue his career as a starting pitcher.
"I'm very lucky to have this opportunity to be starting back here quickly," he said. "It's a long time coming. But I worked really hard and I have a team that recognized that hard work."
A's manager Bob Melvin is plenty familiar with the Giants' former ace.
"I think being back in the Bay Area, there will be a little bit more of a spotlight on that tomorrow, and I'm sure he's excited about being back and pitching in the big leagues again," Melvin said. "During his heyday, he was one of the better pitchers in the game. Sometimes a little bit of time off and coming back, one can rest the arm a little bit, and it can reinvigorate you a little, so I think there will be some hoopla."
Triggs, 27, made his Major League debut on April 25 out of the bullpen, and he's since compiled a 8.00 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the A's, while putting together a 3.48 ERA in nine outings for Nashville.
Things to know about this game
• Lincecum is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 career starts against the A's. He's 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four career starts at the Coliseum.
• A's first baseman Yonder Alonso is 3-for-23 with eight strikeouts against Lincecum in his career. Outfielder Khris Davis has two homers in four at-bats off the righty.
• The Angels expect starting pitcher Nick Tropeano to throw a simulated game Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia said he's still one to two weeks away from returning.

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