Back on the mound in his home ballpark, Tim Lincecum was still far away from his old form.
The former ace allowed five runs in his final start before the regular season, and the San Francisco Giants lost to the Oakland Athletics 7-3 in the Bay Bridge Series opener Thursday night.
With a black-and-orange clad crowd announced at 40,630 returning to AT&T Park for the first time since San Francisco won the World Series last October, many left guessing about Lincecum's future again. He struck out six and walked one in 4 2-3 innings. He gave up five hits, including a home run to Yoenis Cespedes for the second straight start.
Lincecum ended a shaky spring with a 10.57 ERA in five starts.
''I wish I would've gotten out there more,'' said Lincecum, whose progress was slowed by a blister on his right middle finger earlier in spring training. ''But I think we're at the point where you just kind of have to put that at the wayside, and you just have to compete out there to get outs. That...