Bumgarner sparkles in Giants' 7-0 rout of Reds

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Bumgarner sparkles in Giants' 7-0 rout of Reds

March 10, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTS POSTGAMEVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Even in spring training, Madison Bumgarner wanted to get even.Bumgarner struck out six in four scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants hit three quick home runs off Bronson Arroyo in a 7-0 win Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds.Bumgarner retired the first 10 Reds before Brandon Phillips singled in the fourth. That was the only hit allowed by Bumgarner, who walked none."These guys roughed me up when I faced them last year. I definitely didn't forget about it," he said. It's the best I've felt all spring. I feel like I'm where I need to be right now."Bumgarner was a rookie when he won in the World Series last year. He is listed as Giants' fifth starter this season."We don't think of him as our No. 5 guy," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's just the way we set it up. We did what's best for him and for the team. He's a big strong guy. He's throwing the ball better really than he'd thrown all year."Andres Torres, Freddy Sanchez and Cody Ross homered against Arroyo in a four-run third inning.
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"They hit three off-speed pitches out," Arroyo said. "I was tired after three innings. I just threw all fastballs in the fourth to build my arm strength."Edinson Volquez, the Reds' opening-day starter, made his first spring appearance after clearing up a visa problems in the Dominican Republic. Set to go three innings, he reached his pitch count after 2 1-3 innings."My arm feels good but my body is pretty tired," Volquez said. "I flew out of the Dominican at 7:30 a.m. and didn't get here until 10:30 p.m. I am just happy to get into a game."Volquez will next pitch in a minor league game on March 15."I'm just happy that he's healthy," manager Dusty Baker said.Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman gave up a run on two hits in two innings but struck out three."He threw some good changeups," Baker said. "We wanted to give him another pitch to get them off his fastball. He looked better than he did the last time out."Edgar Renteria, the World Series MVP last year with San Francisco, played for Cincinnati. Giants fans gave him a standing ovation and chanted "MVP!"
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"It was pretty neat. We all appreciate what Edgar did for us," Bochy said.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.