Lincecum strikes out nine A's

Lincecum strikes out nine A's

at San Francisco
Friday, March 28

A's at the plate: Rob Bowen, Chris Denorfia and Todd Linden singled for Oakland's only hits. Bowen and Linden were the only A's to advance as far as second base, in the sixth and ninth innings, respectively.

Giants at the plate: The Giants scored a pair of fifth-inning runs after Dan Ortmeier doubled and Brian Bocock singled on a popup that A's second baseman Brooks Conrad pursued until he slipped on the wet grass. Ortmeier scored and Bocock went to third on center fielder Carlos Gonzalez's accompanying error. Greg Smith's wild pitch scored Bocock.

A's on the mound: Smith, who already has been sent to the Minors, blanked the Giants for four innings before the Giants broke through in the fifth. Andrew Brown contributed a scoreless sixth inning.

Giants on the mound: Tim Lincecum was at his sharpest, striking out nine in five no-hit innings. Left-hander Jack Taschner made his first two-inning appearance since his first spring outing.

Exhibition records: A's 17-7; Giants 9-21-2.

A's up next: Justin Duchscherer will make his final preparation for a regular-season starting berth when he faces the Giants on Saturday at McAfee Coliseum. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in three exhibition appearances (two starts).

Giants up next: Triple-A Fresno right-hander Matt Palmer, who could be one of the first pitchers the Giants summon if they need a starter during the regular season, is scheduled to start Saturday against the A's. Palmer, who owns a 2.00 ERA in three appearances with the Giants this spring, was 11-8 with Fresno last year.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.