Lincecum allows 3 runs over 5 innings in Triple-A debut

(AP) — Despite winning two Cy Young Awards and three World Series rings, Tim Lincecum acknowledged being a bit nervous in his first comeback start with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Lincecum allowed three runs and three hits against the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday night, exiting after five innings in his first game appearance since hip surgery in September. The 31-year-old right-hander, signed by the Los Angeles Angels to a $2.5 million, one-year contract two weeks ago, retired nine straight during one stretch after allowing two runs in the first inning and another in the second. Former Angels pitching coach Bud Black, now a special assistant to the general manager, was on hand. Tacoma manager Pat Listach, who was familiar with Lincecum when Listach was coaching in the National League, was impressed with the pitcher’s season debut.

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