Lincecum tries to lift Giants back to .500

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Lincecum tries to lift Giants back to .500

May 4, 2011

GIANTS (14-15) vs.
NEW YORK METS (12-17)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hitting has been a major problem for the San Francisco Giants, and they're hoping that's about to become a thing of the past.

Tim Lincecum surely feels the same way.

Coming off their best offensive showing in more than two weeks, the Giants will try to give Lincecum some support as he attempts to avoid a personal three-game losing streak by getting his first road win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

San Francisco (14-15) is hitting .237 as a team but showed some punch at the plate Tuesday with two homers, including a go-ahead, 10th-inning shot from Aubrey Huff to lift the Giants over the Mets 7-6. The win was a confidence boost for a club that had dropped eight of its previous 11.

"It was big for us to put up some runs," San Francisco right fielder Nate Schierholtz said. "Just a matter of time. ... We're not worried. You go through ups and downs as a team. We had plenty of them last year. Better early than late."

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The Giants' scoring in the opener of this three-game set was their highest since an 8-1 win at Colorado on April 18, also the last time Lincecum (2-3, 2.90 ERA) got a victory.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has since lost two starts while getting just one total run of support. He didn't get any help Friday, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings while the lineup was five-hit by Jason Marquis in a 3-0 loss at Washington.

Now, Lincecum will try to win in New York after going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in his last three starts there.

Production from Huff would surely help.

The first baseman is batting a paltry.190 after hitting 100 points higher while leading the Giants with 26 homers and 86 RBIs last season. His clutch homer Tuesday snapped a 3-for-41 slump over 12 games.

"Hopefully that gets me going," said Huff, who has a .395 average with two homers and seven RBIs in his last 11 games against the Mets.

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The Giants have won five of six versus New York, including two at Citi Field.

The Mets have dropped four of five following a season-high six-game winning streak, and in Lincecum they'll face a Cy Young winner for the third time in four contests.

"Well, if you're going to win, you've got to face the best there is," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website.

Collins will give the ball to Chris Capuano (2-2, 6.04), who has alternated wins and losses in his four starts. The left-hander gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Washington on Thursday. That performance came a week after he limited Houston to one run in seven innings of a 9-1 home win.

Capuano is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in eight games - four starts - against the Giants. However, he hasn't started against them since Sept. 23, 2006, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jose Reyes went 3 for 3 Tuesday, and is hitting .367 with four doubles and eight runs over his last 12 games. He's 4 for 9 off Lincecum.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.