As usual, we have an abbreviated schedule on Thursday, which included four afternoon games. One of those games is a battle of the Sox, as the White Sox and Red Sox are doing battle at Fenway Park. James Shields started that one and has pitched well, finally bouncing back after four consecutive starts in which he yielded at least seven runs.
Tonight’s late game will pit the visiting Athletics against the Angels, as Kendall Graveman opposes Tim Lincecum. Lincecum pitched well in his 2016 debut for the Halos, giving up a lone run on four hits and a pair of walks with two strikeouts in six innings against the A’s on Saturday. The 32-year-old right-hander hadn’t pitched in the majors since June 27 last year with the Giants.
Lincecum appeared to be on his last legs, settling for a mid-season, one-year, $2.5 million deal. The two-time Cy Young Award winner posted a 4.68 ERA over parts of four seasons from 2012-15. If he’s going to have lasting success this year, he’ll need to do better than the two strikeouts in six innings he recorded against the A’s, who have the league’s worst offense.
The rest of Thursday’s action…