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Four hours before the first pitch Tuesday, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum emerged from the home dugout at AT&T Park and made his way down the left-field line, where under the supervision of pitching coach Dave Righetti, he began what amounted to a brief bullpen session, starting with the basics.
The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/qZbzlv ) that a not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 60-year-old James Edward Mitchell when he appeared in court Wednesday.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree murder in the Feb. 6, 1993, death of 36-year-old Linda Robinson.
Robinson suffered 10 stab wounds to the back and several cuts to her neck and chest.
A 78-year-old Waterford Township woman has testified that her son tried to kill her with carbon monoxide from truck fumes in their garage.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/YXUUrV ) 46-year-old Adam Lutz is charged with assault with intent to murder, attempted murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment for the August 2013 incident.
Trout tied a career high with his 30th home run, Gordon Beckham homered for the first time with his new club, and the Angels improved to 79-53 with a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Trout, who leads the majors with 71 extra-base hits and 283 total bases, chased Miami starter Henderson Alvarez in the seventh inning with a one-out drive into the trees beyond the center field fence to make it 5-1.
Hector Santiago (4-7) ended a string of six consecutive no-decisions in a starting role, helping the Angels maintain their one-game lead in the AL West over Oakland.
Santiago struck out six in 5 2-3 innings and allowed three hits, including Adeiny Hechavarria's leadoff homer in the third, his sixth in 1,100 career at-bats to that point.
The left-hander fanned his next five batters and didn't allow another hit until Jeff Baker's two-out single in the sixth.
Trout hit an RBI single, Kole Calhoun scored on Albert Pujols' groundout, and Josh Hamilton lined an RBI double off the center field fence.
Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.82 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta on Friday night against Ervin Santana, who has won his last six starts at Turner Field — including a 6-1 verdict against Miami's Nathan Eovaldi on July 23.
Rivera tied the game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it with an RBI single in the 10th as San Diego beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Wednesday night.
Jake Goebbert's RBI single in the bottom of the inning pulled the Padres to 2-1.
Right after Rivera's tying homer, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was tossed out of the game by plate umpire Mark Ripperger for arguing about the first two pitches that were called balls.
Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits and three walks in six scoreless innings.
 Carlos Gomez struck out for the third time and Jonathan Lucroy flied out to the warning track to end the inning.
Padres: 1B Yonder Alonso will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn tendon in his right forearm.