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His velocity may be down, but Tim Lincecum is on fast track to return to big leagues with Angels

His velocity may be down, but Tim Lincecum is on fast track to return to big leagues with Angels

The International Drone Racing Assn. held its North American Cup West championships at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday. A quarter-mile away, forced onto a back field at the Angels’ spring training complex by the high-flying event, Tim Lincecum warmed up for his first game with his new team. 

He taught a Venezuelan teenager named Keinner Pina the signs he’d need to use behind the plate. He danced for a few seconds in the outfield, demonstrating something to a coach. And, at exactly 10 a.m., he took the mound, wearing the No. 55 he wore throughout nine seasons with San Francisco.

The former All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner faced Mariners minor...

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