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A’s cannot ‘solve’ Tim Lincecum, lose to Angels 7-1

Los Angeles Angels' Tim Lincecum pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Tim Lincecum allows one run over six innings in his Angels debut on Saturday at the Coliseum. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — A’s manager Bob Melvin countered Tim Lincecum’s season debut with an assembly line of pitchers Saturday.

But, collectively, they were no match for the newest Angel.

Solo home runs by Mike Trout and Johnny Giavotella erased an A’s lead in the fourth inning, and the Angels erupted for five runs in the sixth on their way to a 7-1 victory before an announced crowd of 25,078 at the Coliseum.

Lincecum, who generated plenty of cheers from a mix of Angels and Giants fans, allowed one run and four hits over six innings in his first big league game not in orange and black.

“We couldn’t solve him,” Melvin said. “Give him credit.”

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A’s lose 5-4 as Yankees complete four-game sweep

The New York Yankees celebrate at the end of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The New York Yankees celebrate at the end of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND — Dealt another medical punch to their ailing roster earlier Sunday, the A’s badly needed a splash of something good on the field.

They did not get it.

The Yankees rallied to beat the A’s 5-4, completing the first four-game sweep in Oakland by a visiting team in 17 years.

On a day the A’s placed ace Sonny Gray on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his neck and shoulder area — officially a strained right trapezius — manager Bob Melvin had hoped his starter Sunday, Jesse Hahn, would give the team a lengthy outing.

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Pregame: Jesse Hahn to make A’s season debut Saturday

Oakland Athletics' Jesse Hahn (32) fields the ball during spring training at Lew Wolff Training Complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

Right-hander Jesse Hahn will start for the A’s on Saturday against the Hpuston Astros at the Colisuem. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

***Ray Hacke is filling in for John Hickey on Saturday. Here are his pregame notes***

OAKLAND – The A’s called up pitcher Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday’s home game against the Houston Astros.

Hahn went 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts for the A’s in 2015 before spending the final three months of the season on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. The right-hander then began the season in Nashville after a disastrous spring in which he posted a whopping 11.15 ERA.

Cactus League batters hit .382 against Hahn.

“He probably didn’t have a lot on his fastball,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Our reports are that he does now.”

The numbers bear that out. Despite a rough last outing, Hahn posted a 2.04 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .246 average in four starts at Nashville.

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Postgame: Yonder Alonso caps A’s rally with walk-off HR

Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso watches his three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 29, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics won 7-4. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Yonder Alonso watches his walk-off three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning on Friday night as the A’s rallied to win 7-4. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND – As far as major league debuts go, Sean Manaea gave the A’s a chance Friday night as the big left-hander with bushy black hair pitched into the sixth inning before departing with the score tied.

But the prized arm in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City last July had to wait a while to celebrate.

Houston scored three runs in the sixth – all charged to Manaea – to take the lead, but the A’s rallied for two in the eighth to tie the score and won 7-4 when Yonder Alonso blasted a three-run, walk-off home run to right in the ninth.

“He’s got that kind of power,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s been swinging better a little bit in batting practice.”

Stephen Vogt led off the decisive inning with a fly to left-center that got past center fielder Carlos Gomez and rolled to the wall for a double. Three batters later, Alonso smashed a 1-0 offering from Pat Neshek into the seats, putting an end to a slide in which Oakland had lost five of six games.

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Pregame: A’s place Chris Bassitt (elbow) on DL; Jesse Hahn to start Saturday

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin takes the ball from pitcher Chris Bassitt in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A’s manager Bob Melvin takes the ball from pitcher Chris Bassitt in the fourth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

***Darren Sabedra here filling in for John Hickey. Here is the latest pregame news from the A’s clubhouse***

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OAKLAND — Chris Bassitt’s pitching arm had not felt right since spring training, but the A’s right-hander figured it was usual soreness starters experience as workloads increase.

After his second straight rough out, Thursday against Detroit, Bassitt let the team’s brass know that the arm was not right.

He underwent an MRI on Friday — results have not been announced — and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team called a strained right elbow.

“We’re not sure of the severity yet,” manager Bob Melvin said. “But we do know that we need to put him on the disabled list.”

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A’s postgame: Oakland gets a lights-out win; Josh Donaldson’s woes continue

Darren Sabedra here again, wrapping up the A’s lights-out win Saturday night over the Yankees before handing this gig back to beat man John Hickey

The A’s got the expected Saturday night, another gem from Scott Kazmir, a pitcher whom manager Bob Melvin says has been nothing but consistent since joining the club.

And (sort of) the unexpected, a bank of lights at O.co Coliseum going out in left field, prompting nearly a 40-minute delay in the middle of the fourth inning.

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A’s pregame: Michael Taylor traded to Chicago White Sox

This is Darren Sabedra, filling in John Hickey as the A’s play host to the Yankees on Saturday in the second game of a three-game weekend series.

Before I hit the pregame clubhouse, I wanted to pass along a little news.

The A’s traded former top prospect Michael Taylor on Saturday to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league right-hander Jake Sanchez.

Taylor, 28, played in only 26 games for Oakland and was currently with Triple A Sacramento, where the outfielder was the RiverCats’ franchise leader in games (511), at-bats (1,900), hits (521), and RBI (325).

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