Tim Lincecum flirts with no-no in final tune-up at Triple-A

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Angels starter Tim Lincecum brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning inning against the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon, his final tune-up before a likely call up this week. He lost the no-hitter on a leadoff single to begin the sixth inning. Lincecum went seven innings, yielding one hit and walking one while striking out eight on 89 pitches. His fastball sat in the high 80’s according to Jen Mac Ramos.

Lincecum, who signed a minor league deal with the Angels last month, had allowed five earned runs in 10 innings spanning his previous two starts at Triple-A, against Tacoma and Reno.

Lincecum could be called up to start as early as Friday against the Athletics, per Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Angels are currently thin on pitching depth as Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, and C.J. Wilson are all currently on the disabled list. Heaney and Richards aren’t expected back until August at the earliest. Wilson only recently began a throwing program.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.