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SCOTTSDALE Eddie Robinson Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner’s line from his exhibition debut didn’t look good, but the pitcher and San Franciscofive months since I’ve faced a hitter,” Bumgarner said Sunday. “I’d say that’s the best I’ve felt, especially in a first spring outing, in quite some time.”Bumgarner was sharp in the first inning and retired the Chicago Cubs in order on eight pitches. He failed, however, to retire any of the six batters he faced in a 29-pitch second inning and all six eventually scored.Kyle Schwarber doubled to open the second and Addison Russell singled before Bumgarner hit David Bote on the helmet with a pitch to load the bases. Bote dropped to one knee but was able to walk off under his own power.“It was a weird play because the ball was not on top of him,” Giants catcher Rene Rivera said. “It looked like his head was over the plate and that’s when it hit it. It squared him up pretty good. He lost his balance and I tried to hold him a little bit.”Bote was examined by the Giants medical staff and was to be checked by the Cubs staff at the team’s facility.“Obviously, I don’t want to do that,” Bumgarner said. “That’s terrible. … I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing stuff and moving on to the next thing. That didn’t affect me. I am sorry for it.”Bumgarner gave up three more hits — although two were groundballs on plays that should’ve been made — before he was lifted.“He got ahead and allowed two-strike hits, a couple plays we didn’t make,” Bochy said. “It was one of those Cactus League innings. I was very pleased with where he was with his stuff. He got ground balls and they hit the hole a couple times. Overall, he got us where he could and felt great.”The 29-year-old Bumgarner is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was slowed by injuries, making 17 starts in 2017 and 21 last year. He suffered a fractured left hand last March when he was hit by a line drive and said he’s fully recovered from that injury and his grip feels strong. The radar gun showed one of his fastballs at 93 mph, which also is encouraging.“I felt really good,” Bumgarner said. “My command in the zone could be a little better and it’s going to get better as we go here. For the first day http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , I was pretty excited about it. I felt good. A little tough luck with some ground balls there being just out of reach of some guys. It’s weird to say but I”m not concerned about that at all. It’s about how you feel, how you bounce back after the first inning and getting your work in.”“He wanted to keep the ball on the ground and he did,” Rivera said. “He did exactly what we wanted. It was good placement for them.”Rivera knows a little about Bumgarner from his few at-bats against the 2014 World Series MVP.“The last time I remember facing him was 2016 in the wild-card game and I was with the Mets,” Rivera said. “He did a hell of a job, complete game. When it comes to an important game, he’s going to be there.”Bumgarner threw a four-hit complete game in the Giants’ win over the Mets, with Rivera getting one of those hits. The catcher also hit a three-run homer off Bumgarner on April 28, 2014, in the fifth inning of a 6-4 Padres win over the Giants.But that’s in the past. On Sunday, Rivera and Bumgarner were on the same team.“He’s a pretty simple guy,” Rivera said. “He just attacks the zone. Let’s see what he’s going to do.”NOTES: Pablo Sandoval tweaked his side during Saturday’s workout and will be shut down for a couple days, Bochy said. … Joe Panik went 3 for 3, including a solo home run in the third, in the Giants’ 9-5 loss to the Cubs. “I felt comfortable right from the first at-bat,” Panik said. “Obviously, it’s always a process in spring training but I was feeling a good rhythm at the plate Mike Napoli Jersey , and that’s all you can ask for.” … Buster Posey is not expected to catch until March 1 but could get at-bats as the designated hitter before that. Posey is coming off surgery to address a hip impingement and repair a torn labrum. He was expected to be ready by opening day. The Boston Red Sox will try to accomplish something in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series that they haven't achieved yet in the postseason.After taking Game 1 of the series over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston is looking to win two consecutive home games for the first time in three series.The Red Sox dropped one of the first two contests in the ALDS and ALCS, which gives the Dodgers hope heading into Game 2 they can steal a game before heading back home for Game 3 Friday.David Price, who reversed his postseason struggles in Game 5 of the ALCS, opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu in the pitching matchup, but as we saw in Game 1, the relief pitchers on both sides could end up as the most important pitchers to toe the rubber in Game 2. Game 2 InformationStart Time:8:09 p.m. ETTV:FoxLive Stream:Fox Sports Go or Fox Sports app. PredictionBoston 7, Los Angeles 4Once again, the Boston bats will be on display at Fenway Park.In Game 1, Alex Cora's side racked up 11 hits, seven of which came off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi set the tone at the top of the order, as they combined for five hits and five runs.Elise Amendola/Associated PressBenintendi went 4-for-5 in his World Series debut, and he'll continue his early quest to be World Series MVP in Game 2 with a pair of base knocks.The Boston hitters will have to be patient at the plate against Ryu, who conceded seven earned runs in 14.1 innings spread across three starts in the NLDS and NLCS.Los Angeles hopes it can get at least a six-inning outing of Ryu similar to the one he produced in Game 1 of the NLDS.But that will be difficult against a Boston lineup that found success against Kershaw immediately in the World Series opener.Even if Betts and Benintendi struggle, the Red Sox possess a handful of batters further down the order who are more than capable of reaching base and putting Ryu under pressure.Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon, who combined for three hits in Game 1 http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , will be the difference-makers at the bottom of the order, and they'll set up Betts and Benintendi for RBI opportunities in their second and third at-bats.The biggest question mark for the Red Sox entering Game 2 is the performance of Price, who earned his first postseason victory as a starter in Game 5 of the ALCS.He doesn't have to be perfect, but he needs to produce a solid outing of five or six innings to set up his team's relief pitchers.The Boston left-hander will do enough to keep the Red Sox in the lead through five innings, but he'll have a tough time getting Manny Machado out.Machado continued his terrific postseason with three RBI in Game 1, and he'll drive in at least two more runs with Justin Turner and David Freese getting on base in front of him.David J. Phillip/Associated PressOnce the starters exit, Game 2 will come down to which bullpen performs better, and based off Game 1, the edge belongs to Boston.Ryan Brasier was the only Boston reliever to be charged with an earned run Tuesday, while three of the four Los Angeles pitchers out of the bullpen gave up an earned run.Brasier, Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello will bridge the gap between Price and closer Craig Kimbrel while the Red Sox tack on two insurance runs in the final few innings.In the ninth inning, Kimbrel will shut down the Dodgers for the second straight game and hand the Red Sox a commanding 2-0 lead. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference.

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