Giants Vs. A's, Bay Bridge Series: Athletics Take Out Tim Lincecum Early, Win Finale 6-2

The A's and Giants get it on this weekend in the latest installment of the Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles. For the A's side of the story, check out Athletics Nation.

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Giants Vs. A's: Athletics Take Bay Bridge Series Finale 6-2

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon snapped a five-start winless streak, Josh Reddick smacked a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics put the brakes on an 11-game losing streak at AT&T Park with a 6-2 decision over the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game interleague set.

Colon (4-4) fanned seven and was charged with two runs on six hits and a pair of walks in five innings for the A's, who hadn't won in San Francisco since they finished off a three-game sweep on June 15, 2008.

Tim Lincecum's (2-4) struggles in May continued as he surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings for the Giants, who had won six of their last eight coming in.

During the month, the two-time National League Cy Young winner is 0-2 with a 6.43 earned run average.

"It was good to put a couple up on him and fortunately we came away with the win as well. We needed that," Athletics center fielder Collin Cowgill said about Lincecum.

Lincecum allowed just one hit over the first three frames, but was touched up for four runs in the fourth.

Back-to-back one-out singles by Seth Smith and Josh Donaldson preceded Daric Barton's walk. With the bases loaded, Kurt Suzuki reached on an infield single to third, which scored Smith, and Cowgill brought home Donaldson and Barton after slapping a single to center. Cowgill crossed the plate on Lincecum's wild pitch, which made it 4-2.

Oakland plated two more in the seventh. Cliff Pennington registered a two-out single and Reddick belted a two-run blast over the wall in center for a 6-2 A's advantage.

Sacrifice flies by Joaquin Arias in the second frame and Buster Posey in the third made it 2-0 in favor of the Giants.

"We have been playing great, putting together some good at-bats and executing when we need it, but today they were better than us," Giants center fielder Angel Pagan said.

Game Notes

The 27-year-old Lincecum was 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland in seven matchups coming in...Colon allowed seven homers over his winless drought after yielding just one over his 3-1 start to the campaign...San Francisco was 0- for-5 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base

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Giants Vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Starting Lineups, TV Times Radio Coverage

The San Francisco Giants are looking for another home sweep against their cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park, sending out Tim Lincecum this afternoon to try and get the job done.

San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Brandon Belt 1B,
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
9. Tim Lincecum P

Oakland Athletics:

1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Josh Reddick RF
4. Seth Smith LF
5. Josh Donaldson 3B
6. Daric Barton 1B
7. Kurt Suzuki C
8. Collin Cowgill CF
9. Bartolo Colon P

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and CSN California, as well as KNBR 680 AM and 95.7 The GAME.

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Brandon McCarthy Injury: Athletics Place Starter On DL With Strained Shoulder

The Oakland A's pitching staff suffered another blow on Sunday as the team announced that they will place Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 18 with a strained right shoulder. Oakland has recalled righty Jim Miller from Triple-A Sacramento for the second time this season to serve as the stop-gap.

McCarthy has been hot after starting slow this season, owning a 3-3 record and a 2.95 ERA in nine starts with the A's, though was 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA over his last four outings.

As for Miller, he went 0-1 with two saves and a 3.00 ERA in eight relief appearances in Sacramento before he was called up by Oakland April 25. He was solid in six relief appearances with a 1.93 ERA and .229 BAA before he was sent back to Sac-town May 11.

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Giants Vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Tim Lincecum Eyes Series Sweep

It's been another one-sided affair at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants won their 11th straight game over the Oakland Athletics at their home ballpark, turning to Tim Lincecum on Sunday to make it an even 12.

Lincecum (2-3 5.77) has but one quality start this season, lasting past the seventh inning only two times thus far. He has still be showing signs of his former self, just not for any extended period of time, striking out 15 batters in his last two starts.

Timmy will square off against Bartolo Colon (3-4 4.13) who has last his groove after his stellar start to the season. He's gone 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and a .414 opponents' average in three May starts after earning victories in three of his first four outings.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and CSN California, as well as KNBR 680 AM and 95.7 The GAME.

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Giants Vs. Athletics, Final Score: Ryan Vogelsong Shines, San Francisco Wins 4-0

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Vogelsong continues to prove that his 2011 cinderella season was no fluke.

The 34-year-old tossed seven stellar innings of one-hit ball and a four-run seventh inning helped the San Francisco Giants earn their 11th consecutive home win over the Oakland Athletics with a 4-0 victory in the second test of a three-game interleague set.

Vogelsong (2-2) fanned five, walked one and threw 62 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He has now surrendered less than one earned run over his last four outings and lowered his ERA to 2.27 on the year.

Originally taken by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 1998 MLB Draft, Vogelsong struggled to a 10-23 mark over his first six MLB seasons. He then spent time in Japan and Venezuela and began 2011 with his sixth minor-league club in as many years. But he finally got his big break last April when he replaced the injured Barry Zito.

Vogelsong flourished. He made the All-Star team and finished fourth in the National League in earned run average (2.71) while registering a 13-7 record.

Seth Smith slapped a single to right with one out in the fifth inning to account for Oakland's lone hit of the game.

Tyson Ross (2-4) was charged with two runs on seven hits and four walks in six-plus frames for the A's, who have dropped four of their last five.

San Francisco squandered several scoring chances over the first six frames, but finally broke through with a four-run seventh.

Emmanuel Burriss recorded an infield single and Vogelsong was hit by a pitch on a bunt attempt. Grant Balfour replaced Ross on the hill and walked Gregor Blanco on four pitches to load the bases with none out.

Brandon Crawford struck out looking before Melky Cabrera lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center, which brought home Burriss. Buster Posey followed and laced a ground-rule double to right-center, which plated Vogelsong for a 2-0 edge. Angel Pagan then slapped a single to center, which pushed across Blanco and Cabrera for a 4-0 lead.

The sinkerballer Ross prospered from double plays in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings to keep the game scoreless through six frames.

Game Notes

The Giants have outscored the A's, 50-22, during the 10-game home winning streak...the Giants haven't lost at AT&T Park to the A's since June 15, 2008...San Francisco's longest home win streak against an opponent at AT&T Park was their 12-game stretch against the Mets from May 1, 2000-May 16, 2003.

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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Oakland A's Slugger Nearing Return To Lineup

The Oakland Athletics are eagerly awaiting the return of slugger Yoenis Cespedes. After missing the last two weeks with a hand injury, Cespedes has recovered well and could return to the lineup by mid-week. While Oakland could definitely use his bat back in the batting order, it is imperative to ensure that Cespedes is completely healthy before making a return to the field.

Here is the latest from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

You would think that Cespedes would need a few days to get acclimated with his bat and get used to live pitching, but it really depends on how he feels in the next few days. The A's are just 4-6 in their last 10 games without Cespedes in the order and have dropped down to .500 on the season, so a return by Wednesday seems probable at this point.

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Giants vs. Athletics Lineups: Buster Posey Playing Again, Batting Fourth

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics will meet once again on Saturday in interleague play. Following a wild series opener that saw the Giants win by a score of 8-6, the club will turn to Ryan Vogelsong to claim a series victory. The A's will send Tyson Ross to the mound on Saturday, who has struggled to this point in the season thus far.

First pitch from AT&T Park is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT. You can find the game on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. Here are the lineups for both clubs.

Giants:

Gregor Blanco RF
Brandon Crawford SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Buster Posey C
Angel Pagan CF
Brandon Belt 1B
Joaquin Arias 3B
Emmanuel Burriss 2B
Ryan Vogelsong P

Athletics:

Jemile Weeks 2B
Cliff Pennington SS
Josh Reddick CF
Jonny Gomes LF
Seth Smith RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Tyson Ross P

No real surprises, although it is encouraging to see Posey playing a day game after a night game. It's also good to see Belt continuing to get starts. We should have a beautiful day for baseball on Saturday.

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Giants Vs. Athletics Final Score: San Francisco Holds On For Wild 8-6 Win

The San Francisco Giants hosted the Oakland Athletics on Friday night in the first game of this year's edition of the Bay Bridge Series. The Giants benefited from another strong start by Barry Zito and a completely uncharacteristic evening of plate discipline and clutch hitting as they took a big lead and survived a minor bullpen implosion to pick up the 8-6 victory.

In the bottom of the second inning, Angel Pagan drew a leadoff walk and stole second. He was then singled in by Brandon Belt. Belt went to third on a Hector Sanchez single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Joaquin Arias to make it 2-0 Giants.

The A's would cut that lead in half in the top of the third, as Josh Donaldson led off with his first home run of the year, but 2-1 would be as close as Oakland would get.

The Giants put up four more runs in the bottom of the third. Gregor Blanco walked to lead off the inning and came home on a Brandon Crawford double. Brandon Belt drew a bases-loaded walk for his second RBI, Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Melky Cabrera and Barry Zito drew a bases-loaded walk of his own (his first of two walks on the evening) to make it 6-1 Giants.

The Giants tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with a Belt sac fly and a Sanchez double to make it 8-1. The A's got a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Donaldson. Oakland really climbed back into the game in the sixth inning, as Zito gave up a leadoff triple to Jemile Weeks and an RBI single to Cliff Pennington before striking out Josh Reddick. Zito was lifted for Steve Edlefsen, who got a lineout for the second out, but gave up two singles and a bases-clearing double to Donaldson to cut the Giants lead down to 8-6. Donaldson had five RBI in the game at that point, making it the first five-RBI game by an A's batter since Eric Chavez did it in September of 2005. Clay Hensley was brought in and struck out Collin Cowgill, but the damage was definitely severe.

Pedro Figueroa walked Sanchez and Pagan to lead off the home half of the sixth, but Belt grounded out, Sanchez struck out and Arias grounded out to keep it an 8-6 ballgame. Jeremy Affeldt came in for the seventh and got two strikeouts and a ground out on 11 pitches in a spectacular appearance.

Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla held Oakland scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to hang on for the win.

The Giants have drawn nine walks or more in three of their last four games, which is a sudden and amazingly welcome development.

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Giants Vs. A's, Starting Lineups: Buster Posey Sits, Daric Barton Back At 1B

The Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants are set to get it on at AT&T Park this weekend, starting with Friday's matchup of Barry Zito against Jarrod Parker.

The Giants will be without Buster Posey this evening as he gets a day off, meaning Brandon Belt gets the start at frist and Hector Sanchez will be behind the dish. Joaquin Arias returns to the lineup after getting hit on the writ with a pitch two games ago, while Brandon Crawford got to keep his spot in the two hole after a nice showin on Thursday.

As for the A's, Daric Barton will play first base after Adam Rosales got the start there on Thursday, while Jarrod Parker will have to fend for himself at the plate as the A's will be without the DH in the NL park.

These clubs have been playing it tight the last few seasons as both swept each other at their respective home ballparks the last two years in a row.

San Francisco Giants:

  1. Gregor Blanco RF
  2. Brandon Crawford SS
  3. Melky Cabrera LF
  4. Angel Pagan CF
  5. Brandon Belt 1B
  6. Hector Sanchez C
  7. Joaquin Arias 3B
  8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
  9. Barry Zito P

Oakland Athletics:

  1. Jemile Weeks 2B
  2. Cliff Pennington SS
  3. Josh Reddick RF
  4. Jonny Gomes LF
  5. Kurt Suzuki C
  6. Daric Barton 1B
  7. Josh Donaldson 3B
  8. Collin Cowgill CF
  9. Jarrod Parker P
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM and 95.7 The GAME.

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Giants Vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Barry Zito Faces Former Club In Series Opener

After spending the first seven years in the big leagues with the Oakland A's, Barry Zito must certainly have some fond memories of his time in the Green and Gold. But all Cy Young awards aside, Zito has a job to do this afternoon for his present club, the San Francisco Giants, looking for his second straight victory in the first game of the Bay Bridge Series.

Zito (2-1 2.53) has been much more reliable that he has been the previous few seasons with San Francisco, lasting six innings in all his starts but one. He owns a 1-4 record with a 7.24 ERA against the A's in his career, but hasn't pitched against them since May of 2010.

The A's Jarrod Parker (1-1 2.10) will be making his first career interleague start, though took the loss against Detroit in his last time out after giving up two runs in 5.2 innings of work. He is looking forward to get some swings in though, having claimed to have hit .481 with nine homers as a senior in high school. Skipper Bob Melvin has been preparing his guys to take some hacks:

"They have to be ready for it, for sure, because you never know the situation," A's manager Bob Melvin said of his pitchers preparing to hit. "The pitchers hitting, you're worried about injury, and it's a progression to try to get them there, prepared for it."

Oakland could also see the likes of Coco Crisp return this weekend, who is set to come off the DL on Friday. The team is yet to decide whether he'll need a minor league assignment before rejoining the club.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. A's, Bay Bridge Series 2012: Battle For Bay Area Supremacy Rekindled This Weekend

The A's and Giants get it on this weekend in the latest installment of the Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles. For the A's side of the story, check out Athletics Nation.

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