Tim Lincecum starts September with a victory after going 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in August

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Tim Lincecum has gone through several rough patches this season, but the wheels came flying off last month as he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in five August starts. He allowed opponents to bat .311 with five homers and a .519 slugging percentage, giving up 33 hits and 13 walks in 25.1 innings while his ERA ballooned from 3.10 to a career-worst 3.80.
Thankfully for the Giants he got back on track last night, racking up nine strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball in his first September start to out-duel Ubaldo Jimenez in a 2-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez’s solo homer in the fourth inning accounted for the only damage off Lincecum and there’s no shame in that the way he’s hitting right now.
“I’m going to try to take this momentum into the next series,” Lincecum told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. “There are a lot of positives. I was just trying to be aggressive and overall just kind of have a different mentality. Just like, ‘This is a big moment and I’ve got to step up and start off the month well.'”

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.