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Lincecum, who gave up one run and four hits, hadn’t pitched in MLB since last June 27. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, whose mother is a Filipino, had hip surgery in September, left the San Francisco Giants to sign with the Angels in May, and made three starts in baseball’s minor league.
Lincecum retired seven straight during one stretch and got A’s slugger Khris Davis to ground into a double play after walking the leadoff batter in the fifth.
“It just kind of felt like riding a bike again,’’ Lincecum said. “After that first inning, everything kind of went away and I could just get back to work and making my pitches.’’