Lincecum wins in return to majors, pitches Angels past A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) 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 uniforms he wore for nine seasons as a star with the San Francisco Giants, Lincecum gave up one run and four hits. He 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.
The four-time All-Star 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.