Weaver, Lincecum both sharp as Angels beat Giants
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum both turned in their most impressive outings this spring as the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday.
In a matchup of pitchers with seven All-Star Game appearances between them, Weaver threw 5 1-3 shutout innings. The Angels' expected opening day starter gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one.
Weaver has fanned 11 in his last two games.
''I thought Weav had better stuff his last start,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''Today he mixed and matched a little bit as he wasn't quite as crisp. But he does what he does. He had the great ability to change speeds and he did today.''
Lincecum, who missed his last scheduled appearance because of a sore neck, allowed one run and two hits in four innings. He said his neck, which he hurt while sleeping, wasn't a factor in his fourth spring appearance and first start.
''He did a good job,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''I thought he had pretty good command for not being out there on the mound for a while and not facing hitters in a game. He said his neck was not an issue. Four solid innings. He should feel good about this outing.''
Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star, gave up a leadoff double to Collin Cowgill in the first. The right-hander retired nine of his last 10 batters.
Kyle Kubitza's RBI single with one out and the bases loaded off Curtis Partch drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Giants: Lincecum is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, which currently features seven starters with lots of major league experience. He said he's not thinking about who's in the mix.
''For me, I'm pushing for anybody in camp,'' he said. ''That's kind of the idea of being a Giant. On the other side, I'm focusing on myself and knowing what I've got to do. I'm just trying to get back on track,'' he said.
Lincecum has allowed six earned runs in four innings this spring.
Angels: Only three everyday players were in the starting lineup - Nori Aoki, Brandon Crawford and Casey McGehee. When an Angels? beat writer asked Weaver if it mattered that the opposition had featured so many non-regulars over his past two dominant spring starts, the pitcher replied: ''You could be in there, for all I care.''
''I?m still getting a little amped up early on, but I was able to settle down and get the timing down,'' he said. ''Everything is coming along good, and looking forward to getting back out there.''
Angels: Angels closer Huston Street made his third spring appearance and worked a hitless inning. He'd missed action with an illness.
''I thought today he had really good stuff,'' Scioscia said. ''He?s going to get more regular work now leading up to the season.''
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner threw 270 innings in the regular season and postseason last year, prompting some to wonder how the heavy workload would affect the World Series MVP. He has an 8.64 ERA this spring, and will make his fifth start Sunday vs. the Angels.
Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson, who has been sidelined with knee pain and an illness, will make his second spring start and face the Giants.