July 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) during the second inning at AT

Bay Area Buzz 7/23: Lincecum Struggles, Reddick the Hero, Pivotal Week for Cousins

Lincecum: From No-Hitter to Nine-Hitter

Nine days after throwing a 148-pitch no-hitter, Tim Lincecum threw five hitless pitches Monday night. On the sixth, Shin-Soo Choo doubled.

It got worse. Quickly.

Seventh-two pitches later, Lincecum was done, following up his no-no with a boo-boo. He surrendered a career-high eight earned runs on nine hits, and the theme at China Basin quickly turned from Johnny Vander Meer to Johnny Appleseed, the sold-out crowd having every right to doze off.

– John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

Reddick Blasts A’s Past Astros

Josh Reddick is enough of a pro that he can hit his personal reset button at a moment’s notice.

And that’s good, because a moment is all a hitter generally has in the batter’s box.

Upset with his approach during an eighth-inning at-bat with the A’s down by a run, Reddick channeled Happy Gilmore, then crushed a two-run home run that rallied the A’s to a 4-3 victory over the Astros, Oakland’s 10th consecutive win over Houston this season.

– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News

Cousins Enters Pivotal Week 

This is when it starts, this new day for DeMarcus Cousins.

His return visit with the U.S. national team – the chance to enhance his prospects as a future Olympian – is also his latest and perhaps best opportunity to obliterate the past and sketch a more favorable, embraceable image.

The suspensions. The locker room feuds. The verbal tangle with a television analyst. The communication dust-up a year ago with the USA Basketball czar.

– Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee


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