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.
Coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio named Eric Reid the NFC champion Niners’ starter Tuesday at free safety for the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay at Candlestick Park.
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.
Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego.
Colin Kaepernick’s first two weeks as the 49ers’ starting quarterback quashed any notion of a “controversy.” But after an overtime loss to the Rams on Sunday, plenty of questions about his viability as the starter emerged.
Alex Smith is supportive of Colin Kaepernick’s success, even if the second-year pro takes Smith’s starting job as 49ers quarterback.
Tony LaRussa announced that Giants ace Matt Cain and not Mets star R.A. Dickey will be starting the 2012 All-Star Game for the National League. It is a controversial decision both statistically and emotionally and in terms of the entertainment quality of the game.
CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports that San Francisco’s Matt Cain has been chosen by manager Tony La Russa as the All-Star starter for the National League. La Russa’s decision comes despite widespread popular support for R.A. Dickey of the Mets to earn the starting nod.
The Carson Palmer era is underway already. The newly-acquired quarterback will reportedly start for the Raiders this Sunday.
Aaron Harang threw seven strong innings and Cameron Maybin had two hits and an RBI as the San Diego Padres dealt a big blow to the San Francisco Giants’ fading playoff hopes with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.