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Tim Lincecum clears waivers, accepts assignment in minors

Tim Lincecum clears waivers, accepts assignment in minors

Tim Lincecum accepted his assignment to triple-A Salt Lake after clearing waivers and will report.

The Angels designated Lincecum for assignment Saturday. Any claiming team would have had to pick up more than $800,000 remaining on the 32-year-old right-hander’s contract for the season’s final two months.

In nine starts with the Angels, Lincecum had a 9.16 earned-run average, second-worst among pitchers who have thrown as many innings this season. His fastball averaged 87.7 mph, about the same as one year ago.

The former Cy Young Award while with the San Francisco Giants winner was conflicted between trying to establish the faded fastball to set up his...

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