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Lincecum, Giants serve A's 7-2 St. Paddy's Day loss

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Lincecum, Giants serve A's 7-2 St. Paddy's Day loss

BOX SCORESCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum worked around five extra-base hits for his second spring training win.The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner lasted six innings, the longest of any Giants starter this year, and Ryan Theriot, Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval homered in Saturday's 7-2 split-squad win over the Oakland Athletics.With a brisk wind blowing and his long hair flowing, San Francisco's ace fought through a couple of inconsistent early innings.

"He threw well, got better as he went. He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and got in a groove there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They were aggressive, but he kept pounding the strike zone."
BAGGARLY: Lincecum trying something new -- pitching to contact
Lincecum gave up six hits, including three doubles and two triples, didn't walk a batter and struck out four.Lincecum was a bit surprised that he was only at around 48 pitches through four innings."After I heard that, I thought, Not bad.' I wasn't worried so much about the pitch count and I could let the ball go," he said. "The fact that I had no walks was huge for me. When I was behind in the count, I was able to throw a wrinkle down the middle, like a two-seamer."Lincecum got help from his defense. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz threw Kila Ka'Aihue out at the plate on a single by Daric Barton that ended the fourth inning. Barton, who went hitless in his first eight spring training at-bats, drove in Oakland's first run with a second-inning double off Lincecum.Chris Dominguez, moving over from third base to start at first for the Giants after Aubrey Huff was a late scratch due to back stiffness, ran down a couple of pop fouls with his back to the plate.
BAGGARLY: Huff scratched with lower back tightness
"We had a couple of those plays. Getting those guys out helps keep the game close," Lincecum said.Theriot's home run was a two-run drive in a four-run fourth."We got some good at-bats," Bochy said. "The ball was carrying with the wind blowing a bit. It is good to see Theriot start to get his timing down."Theriot, who played for World Series champion St. Louis last season, should be a solid option at second base with Freddy Sanchez coming back from shoulder surgery. Sanchez was the designated hitter Saturday.Pagan, acquired from the New York Mets in the Andres Torres trade, was 2 for 4 after missing the previous two games when he had a wisdom tooth pulled.Closer Brian Wilson, coming back from elbow soreness that caused him to miss the final week of last season, gave up an unearned run, a hit and two walks in the seventh inning, his third spring training appearances.
BAGGARLY: Wilson wants to be ready for 162"Willie was a little off with his command," Bochy said. "He couldn't get the ball where he wanted 'NOTES: Huff will not see action until Tuesday at the earliest, Bochy said. ... RHP Ryan Vogelsong (back) had another strong bullpen session and likely will have one more side session before pitching in a game. ... Oakland OF Collin Cowgill, making a bid for an opening-day roster spot after being acquired as part of a trade that sent pitcher Trevor Cahill to Arizona, had two hits to raise his average to .424 (14 for 33).

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series

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Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series

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CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

"It feels good to hear World Series," Kershaw said. "It's been a long time coming for this team."

After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.

The Dodgers will host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into Game 6 at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Dodgers made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when Los Angeles was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.

He was just OK in his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' loaded lineup picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts in his sixth career playoff win - matching Burt Hooton for the franchise record.

When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on. The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small, but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitor's dugout and chanted "Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!"

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

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Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

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.