Angels Dominate Dodgers, Sign Veteran Tim Lincecum

1The Battle of Los Angeles took place this week with the Los Angeles Angels getting the better part of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels dominated the Dodgers during the series. The series ended on Thursday night when the Angels rallied to beat the Dodgers to take two of three games.

The Angels offense of late has be nearly unstoppable. The team is scoring 7 or 8 runs nearly every game. That was evident on Thursday when Mike Trout singled and homered and Johnny Giavotella singled in two runs to give the Angels the lead.

The Angels’ players and coaches were given good news following their win over the Dodgers on Thursday when they learned the team had signed veteran pitcher Tim Lincecum. The right-hander will be paid a $2 million base salary for the remainder of the season, said a source with the team.

The club has yet to confirm the deal, which would include as much as $1.7 million more in incentives said the team source.

The Angels have had strong offense thus far but desperately need some depth at pitching due to a number of injuries. The team has been close to signing Lincecum since the early part of the week and the likelihood is the team will make an official announcement as of Friday.

Lincecum is likely to start his Angels career in the minors before be added to the roster for the Angels.

Lincecum, who is 31, is coming back from hip surgery. He performed for interested teams on May 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

An All-Star four times and winner of consecutive National League Cy Young Awards while with the San Francisco Giants, the veteran right-hander has an ERA of 4.68 in over 600 innings of work since 2012, while he dealt with a drop in velocity and numerous physical ailments.

Even with the addition of Lincecum, the starting rotation for the Angels could use even more reinforcements. Andrew Heaney and ace Garrett Richards were lost for the season with torn ligaments in their elbows. Tyler Skaggs had a relapse in his comeback from a Tommy John surgery. C.J. Wilson will likely miss action until the middle of June due to a problem with his pitching shoulder.

Nevertheless, the Angels are just 4 ½ games out of first place in the American League West after taking two of three from cross town rivals the Dodgers.

With three quarters of the season to play, the Angels have filled one missing spot in the rotation with Lincecum although he will not play for a few weeks, and the Angels now much hunt for more reinforcements.

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