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Oakland at San Francisco

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Oakland (11-12) «21031005012171
San Francisco (11-13)1001011015120

Athletics 12, Giants 5

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum's long locks are gone and apparently so is his nasty stuff.

The San Francisco Giants' two-time Cy Young Award winner struggled again on Saturday in his fourth start of the spring. The right-hander gave up five runs and six hits in three-plus innings, including a long homer to Yoenis Cespedes, as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Giants 12-5.

Lincecum is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA. He expects to make one more start before he slides into the rotation at No. 3, behind right-hander Matt Cain and lefty Madison Bumgarner. But a few more outings like Saturday's might have Giants manager Bruce Bochy pondering whether to move Lincecum to the bullpen, where he excelled in the postseason last year after a rocky regular season.

"I had some good moments and some bad ones," said Lincecum, who threw 80 pitches. "I still need to try to get my pitch count up. But I am not finishing guys off. I had a good fastball, but it all goes back to location.

"It's all a matter of repeating my mechanics."

He said he is physically ahead of where he was a year ago, when he came into camp not in the same condition that he had been in previous springs. He went on to finish 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA.

Lincecum struck out five and walked three. He walked Coco Crisp leading off the game and fanned the next two batters before Cespedes unloaded on an 0-1 pitch, sending it into the trees atop the grass berm in left field. Lincecum said it was a spinning slider that didn't break.

Cespedes had three hits on the day, as did Eric Sogard and Seth Smith.

The A's continued to tag the Giants pitchers who followed Lincecum to the mound. Oakland finished with 17 hits and six walks.

Sogard is making a bid for an opening-day infield spot with perhaps an outside shot to start. His three hits included a solo homer off Shane Loux with one out in the fifth. Sogard, who also walked, is 21 for 39 (.538) this spring.

"We need to try to cryogenically freeze him," manager Bob Melvin said.

Sogard, who has had a utility role in recent seasons, again came into camp in the middle of the mix, according to Melvin. But the way Sogard has been hitting, "he has come out of the pack a little," the manager said.

Adam Rosales also homered for Oakland. The Giants had a pair of home runs, including Brandon Belt's seventh of the spring and Cole Gillespie's first. Belt has eight RBIs in his past five games.

Melvin was encouraged by Tommy Milone's start. The left-hander, who won 13 games as a rookie in 2012, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four to earn his second win of the spring.

"He threw much better than he has, pitched his type of game," Melvin said.

NOTES: Oakland claimed 1B Nate Freiman off waivers from Houston. Freiman, who hit .298 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs for the San Diego Padres' Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, was selected by Houston in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings. He must spend the entire regular season on the A's active roster or be exposed to waivers and offered back to the Padres. ... OF Josh Reddick is expected to return to the Oakland lineup Sunday after leaving Friday night's game with a sprained left ankle. ... Giants C Buster Posey had a tough day defensively with a pair of passed balls. ... Giants closer Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless seventh. ... The crowd of 12,224 at Scottsdale Stadium was the Giants' largest at home this spring.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

E. Sogard
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

C. Gillespie
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4200125 .316
    Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Horton, PH-3B1000001 .500
John Jaso, C5120014 .226
    Luke Montz, C1000000 .095
Jed Lowrie, SS3100112 .308
    Adam Rosales, SS2112000 .343
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5132000 .250
    Conner Crumbliss, PR-LF1100000 .000
Seth Smith, RF5131011 .342
    Jeremy Barfield, RF0000000 .000
Josh Donaldson, 3B4221112 .233
    Anthony Aliotti, 1B0000000 .000
Daric Barton, 1B3000202 .200
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Evan Scribner, P0000000 .000
Eric Sogard, 2B3232100 .538
   b- Jemile Weeks, PH-2B1000000 .370
Tommy Milone, P3010012 .333
    Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Moss, PH1010000 .326
    Shane Peterson, CF1010000 .396
Totals431217867  
a-fouled out for Doolittle in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Sogard in the 8th
c-singled for Cook in the 7th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (3, Otero)
3B - John Jaso (2, Casilla)
HR - Adam Rosales (3, Otero), Yoenis Cespedes (3, Lincecum), Eric Sogard (1, Loux)
RBI - Adam Rosales 2 (9), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (8), Seth Smith (8), Josh Donaldson (8), Eric Sogard 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (6), Seth Smith (2)
SB - Coco Crisp 2 (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey, 2nd base off Runzler/Posey)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Sogard-Barton
E - John Jaso (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (W,2-0) 5.1633141 4.82
Ryan Cook (H,3) 0.2100000 7.50
Sean Doolittle (H,2) 1211101 3.00
Jordan Norberto (H,3) 1100100 5.40
Evan Scribner 1211010 6.75
HBP - Panik (by Sean Doolittle)
WP - Evan Scribner (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 39-31, Ryan Cook 3-3, Sean Doolittle 11-6, Jordan Norberto 8-4, Evan Scribner 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 5-7, Ryan Cook 2-0, Sean Doolittle 1-1, Jordan Norberto 1-2, Evan Scribner 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 23, Ryan Cook 3, Sean Doolittle 6, Jordan Norberto 5, Evan Scribner 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3110000 .316
    Gregor Blanco, CF2010002 .288
Andres Torres, LF-RF3000001 .276
    Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Lively, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Arnold, PH1000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF3010000 .352
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Joe Panik, 2B1110000 .100
Buster Posey, C0101100 .226
    Guillermo Quiroz, C2011100 .240
Brandon Belt, 1B3111012 .433
    Mark Minicozzi, 1B2000003 .333
Joaquin Arias, 3B4010010 .261
    Bobby Haney, 3B1000011 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3020001 .333
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Chuckie Jones, RF1000000 .000
Nick Noonan, 2B-SS4021002 .212
Tim Lincecum, P1000011 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Shane Loux, P1000012 .000
    Cole Gillespie, LF1111100 .271
Totals36512535  
a-popped out for Lively in the 9th
Batting
2B - Guillermo Quiroz (2, Scribner)
HR - Brandon Belt (7, Milone), Cole Gillespie (2, Doolittle)
SF - Buster Posey (1)
SH - Andres Torres (1)
RBI - Buster Posey (4), Guillermo Quiroz (7), Brandon Belt (17), Nick Noonan (4), Cole Gillespie (8)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Noonan (2)
SB - Hunter Pence (1, 2nd base off Milone/Jaso)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Panik-Noonan-Minicozzi
PB - Buster Posey 2 (2)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,0-2) 3655351 10.97
Dan Runzler 0.2011100 7.27
Shane Loux 1.1311021 2.45
Santiago Casilla 1100000 4.50
Sergio Romo 1100100 3.38
Dan Otero0555101 9.00
Mitch Lively 2100000 3.38
WP - Dan Runzler (3), Mitch Lively (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 40-26, Dan Runzler 7-2, Shane Loux 12-12, Santiago Casilla 4-4, Sergio Romo 8-4, Dan Otero 11-7, Mitch Lively 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-0, Dan Runzler 2-0, Santiago Casilla 2-1, Sergio Romo 1-2, Mitch Lively 1-4
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 18, Dan Runzler 3, Shane Loux 7, Santiago Casilla 4, Sergio Romo 5, Dan Otero 6, Mitch Lively 6
Game Information
Attendance - 12224
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - Chris Guccione