Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

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Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings.
He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the game with a 0.00 ERA, but the blown save kept Lincecum from joining Ubaldo Jimenez as the majors’ only 5-0 pitchers.
He’ll have to settle for being 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA, .175 opponents’ batting average, and 43/7 K/BB ratio in 35.1 innings. In winning his second straight Cy Young award last season Lincecum didn’t reach four victories until May 26.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.