Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Tuesday at spring training that Bumgarner would pitch March 31 at Arizona. This marks Bumgarner’s first opening day start. He was the only member of the San Francisco rotation with a winning record last season at 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts and 201 1-3 innings. He made his first NL All-Star team.
San Jose is coming off a playoff disappointment after falling in seven games to Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks have won 10 playoff series during their streak of nine consecutive appearances – the last five under Todd McLellan – but have yet to reach the Cup finals.
It was a pitchers’ duel between the Giants’ Matt Cain and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles Monday afternoon.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. His catcher for the game was John Jaso. Now with the Athletics, Jaso received a gift prior to Monday’s opening day game against his former teammates: A Rolex watch from Hernandez as a “thank you.”
It’s fitting that Felix Hernandez will make his season debut and first outing since landing a $175 million, seven-year contract against the Oakland Athletics. The Seattle ace always faces them to start, or so it seems to the A’s.
The Giants are favored by some to win the NL West again. The Dodgers finished second last year.
The San Francisco Giants made their final roster moves over the weekend in preparation for Monday’s Opening Day battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Announced as Oakland’s opening-day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics’ 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
San Francisco General Hospital has asked the Los Angeles Dodgers to pick up the bill for the medical care of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011.
The Oakland Raiders made two key changes at the top in an attempt to end a 10-season playoff drought. The San Diego Chargers hope that sticking with their beleaguered management will pay off this year.