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Madison Bumgarner makes the San Francisco Giants better
Madison Bumgarner makes the San Francisco Giants better

Madison Bumgarner is the anchor. He is to the San Francisco Giants what Clayton Kershaw is to the Dodgers. For a few fleeting moments Friday, the Dodgers had their chance. Yasiel Puig worked an eight-pitch walk to lead off the game. Justin Turner hit a sharp bouncer off the glove of Bumgarner, who charged off the mound, corralled the stray ball and fell to the ground. Surely this would be the Dodgers' chance. Bumgarner raised his left arm to throw to first base but, without his feet planted, the ball surely would roll into the right-field corner. Puig would score, and the Dodgers would have the lead in the opener of this critical three-game series. Or not. Bumgarner threw a strike...

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