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.


Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.