Craig Calcaterra

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Tim Lincecum made his Triple-A debut last night

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Triple-A’s only two-time Cy Young Award winner made his 2016 debut last night for the Salt Lake Bees. It was about what you’d expect from a guy who hasn’t pitched in a year, but Tim Lincecum is happy with it.

Lincecum allowed three runs and three hits, lasting five innings and 88 pitches. He got better as the game went on, giving up his runs in the first and second inning and gaining confidence through the third, fourth and fifth, retiring nine batters in a row at one point. He struck out five, walked three and hit a guy. There was rust, but he felt good overall. He likened it to spring training where you don’t look at the results as such as much as you look at whether you can put the ball where you want it and check off benchmarks and the like.

The Angels signed Lincecum to a $2.5 million deal. He’s expected to spend most of June at Salt Lake before coming to Anaheim.

 

David Wright expected to miss 4-6 weeks

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Last night we learned that David Wright was expected to miss an “extended” period of time with a herniated disk in his neck. Now we know how extended that is: “at least” 4-6 weeks according to Ken Rosenthal.

That timetable would put Wright’s return somewhere around the All-Star break, but that’s if you ignore the “at least” part of things. It could be much longer, especially given how much Wright has to work through simply to be healthy and play in the best of circumstances given his back/spinal issues.

With Lucas Duda out at first base for an extended period and now Wright, the Mets have some work to do to fill out their lineup in a way that will help them keep pace with the Nats.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mariners 16, Padres 13: The Mariners were trailing 12-2 after five. The Mariners rallied in the sixth, plating five runs. That was a more or less conventional rally. Kyle Seager hit a bases-loaded, two-run single and then Dae-Ho Lee hit a three-run homer. Fine. A 12-7 lead for the Padres is still good, right? Then the seventh inning happened. Padres relievers loaded the bases, but they also got two outs. Then:

That’s right. Seven straight two-out RBI singles which plated nine runs. A two-inning, fourteen-run rally against a team which was called a “miserable failure” by its owner a couple of days ago. What do you think he’ll have to say about them today?

Reds 11, Rockies 4: Two homers for Eugenio SuarezZack Cozart and Adam Duvall also homered as the Royals take three of four.Jay Bruce tripled and doubled to drive in a pair of runs. Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies. My god Coors Field games are just a mess of ink.

Twins 6, Rays 4: A leadoff inside the park homer for Eduardo Nunez:

Like most insider the park homers, Nunez had help from a fielder. In this case Brandon Guyer, who seemed like he wanted to spend some quality time with that baseball in the right field corner. Rappin’ with it. Trying to get down to the core of what makes that baseball that baseball. No judgments here, man. Oh, you need to go? OK, that’s cool. Next time you want to talk, mano a mano, you come see old Brandon, OK? Alright, I’ll throw you in towards the infield now.

Yankees 5, Tigers 4: The Yankees had a 5-1 lead after their half of the seventh and held off the Tigers who scored one run in each of the last three innings. Thank Didi Gregorius for heading off some of that rally. He fired a relay throw that nailed Justin Upton at the plate in the eighth and then started a slick double play that kept the Tigers’ ninth inning scoring to one run.

Marlins 4, Pirates 3Christian Yelich hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 12th. He also doubled in Martin Prado to tie the game at 3 with two outs in the ninth. Hero of the game, I guess.

Indians 5, Royals 4: Francisco Lindor tied the game with a triple in the ninth then, moments later, came home to score on Mike Napoli‘s walkoff sac fly. The Royals had led 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth. Not quite a Mariners-Padres rally, but a rally all the same.

Brewers 4, Phillies 1: Jonathan Villar and Chris Carter homered and Chase Anderson allowed one run on three hits while striking out six in five and two-thirds. That’s seven straight losses for the Phillies and nine of 10. So I guess that little fairytale is over.

Orioles 12, Red Sox 7: The Orioles his seven homers.Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones each homered twice and Manny MachadoPedro Alvarez and Francisco Pena each hit one. The Red Sox starting pitching continues to be a disaster. This time Rick Porcello gave up five runs on six hits in five innings, surrendering three of those bombs. The bullpen stunk too — Noe Ramirez gave up two runs and Junichi Tazawa gave up three, with each allowing two homers– probably to make the rotation not feel so bad. That’s really nice of the bullpen.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 2: Yesterday, as this game was winding down, I wrote a post with the headline “Julio Urias Gets Pummeled by the Cubs.” People on Twitter gave me hell for saying he was “pummeled,” claiming that if I had seen the game instead of the box score I wouldn’t have said that. I’ll grant that, yeah, his defense let him down some and a lot of balls found holes, but you don’t get to claim that five earned runs in five innings, including three home runs, is anything less than bad. Sorry. The kid will be good one day, I bet, but I’m guessing he’s not walking around claiming he had a great day yesterday either, no matter what kind of semantical gloss you put on it.

Diamondbacks 3, Astros 0: Zack Greinke turned in his best start of the year, tossing seven shutout innings and striking out 11 while only giving up four singles. After that disaster of an early season he now has seven wins and the ERA is down to a quasi-respectable 4.29. Greinke said his slider was off, but . . .

“The swings they were taking it was acting like it was really good so I started throwing them more as the game went on”

Maybe it wasn’t inherently good Zack, but our sliders are what they pretend to be, so our sliders must be thrown like the pitches they pretend to be. I think Kurt Vonnegut said that.

Giants 6, Braves 0: Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth while striking out 11. He also hit a big homer as Braves starter Aaron Blair gave up three of those. Bumgarner is 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA on the year and he said after this game that this is really the first time he’s put it all together all year. Wonder what his line would look like if he had been OK out of the gate. Scary.