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Lincecum leads Giants into key series with L.A.

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Lincecum leads Giants into key series with L.A.

Sept. 9, 2011

LA DODGERS (70-72) vs.
GIANTS (75-68)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Desperation might be setting in for the Giants, and facing Clayton Kershaw may just make matters worse.

Tim Lincecum's recent performances aren't helping, either.

Lincecum looks to avoid a personal three-game slide as the Giants try to defeat Kershaw for the first time in six tries Friday night when this three-game set begins with a marquee pitching matchup.

San Francisco (75-68) has 19 games left to overcome a considerable gap behind first-place Arizona, and the Giants haven't helped their cause by dropping six of 10.

They fell again Wednesday, losing 3-1 at San Diego as their attempt to sweep the three-game set came up short.

"We have to win," said losing pitcher Matt Cain. "That's all we have to do, is win."

URBAN: Who will leave Giants first - Cain or Lincecum?

They haven't beaten Kershaw (17-5, 2.45 ERA) since Cain outpitched him in a 2-0 win at AT&T Park on Aug. 1, 2010.

Since then, Kershaw is 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 35 2-3 innings over five starts against the Giants. He hasn't allowed a run in 23 2-3 innings while winning three in a row at San Francisco.

Kershaw was dazzling in his last visit to AT&T Park on July 20, fanning a season-high 12 while yielding three hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win over Lincecum. He also beat the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner on opening day March 31, when Kershaw worked seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory.

The left-hander is making a case to become the first Dodgers starter to win the Cy Young since Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Kershaw ranks among the NL's top three in wins and complete games (five), while his career highs of 222 strikeouts and 205 2-3 innings rank first and second, respectively.

The Dodgers ace has reinforced his status among the NL's elite by going 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his last five starts. He didn't get a decision Sunday, but was cruising through six scoreless innings before giving up three runs - two earned - in the seventh during a 4-3 loss at Atlanta.

"I definitely felt like I had good stuff, some of the better stuff I've had all year," Kershaw said. "I had command of all three pitches. In the seventh, I left some (pitches) up."

Despite that defeat, the Dodgers (70-72) have won 13 of 16 after beating Washington 7-4 on Thursday. They were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the nightcap was rained out.

After scoring at least six runs for the 10th time in 15 contests, Los Angeles will try to do the same against Lincecum (12-12, 2.75). He has struggled while losing his last two starts, allowing 10 runs and 15 hits - four homers - with 11 strikeouts and seven walks in 11 innings.

The right-hander gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings of a crucial 7-2 loss Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

"Of course, this is disappointing," Lincecum said.

Carlos Beltran is providing some punch at the plate by going 12 for 19 with six RBIs in five September games. He's 7 for 21 with four doubles and a homer in seven 2011 games against the Dodgers, but is 0 for 7 with three strikeouts versus Kershaw.

San Francisco's Brett Pill has made an impact through his first two games in the majors, going 3 for 7 with two homers since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

The Dodgers will be without Andre Ethier for the rest of the season due to a right knee injury that will be examined by Dr. James Andrews.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

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AP

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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USATSI

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season.