July 26, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Lincecum has been scratched from tonight's game with the Phillies due to flu-like symptoms.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement during batting practice at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Tuesday.
Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78 ERA), who was scheduled to go Wednesday, will start in Lincecum's place. He will be opposed by Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02)
Zito posted a 1.29 ERA in winning his first three starts off the DL, but was tagged for eight runs and seven hits while walking four in Saturday's 11-3 loss to the Padres.
In seven starts against the Phillies, Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) was 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA.He pitched one-third of an inning in Game 6 of the NLCS after taking the loss in Game 5.
According to Jaymee Sire, who is in Philadelphia, there is no word on whether Lincecum will be able to pitch in one of the later games in the series against the Phillies.
The Phillies (64-37) own baseball's best record at 64-37; the Giants (59-43) hold a four-game edge in the National League West.
This will be the first matchup of the teams since San Francisco defeated Philadelphia 4-2 in the 2010 National League Championship Series. The clubs split six regular season contests last year.
The Phils have won nine straight series at home, where they are 37-16 in 2011.
Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs.
Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News.
The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff.
Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff.
The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants.
Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor.
The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense.
Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.
Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle.
The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs:
Cornerback Gareon Conley
Quarterback Connor Cook
Linebacker Cory James
Linebacker Marquel Lee
Tackle Marshall Newhouse
Defensive End Jihad Ward
Tackle Jylan Ware