|Description||SAN FRANCISCO — One hot pitcher and one who hopes he’s heating up go head-to-head Wednesday night when the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants continue their three-game series. The Giants outlasted the Rockies in a pitchers’ duel in the opener Tuesday night [url=http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/sam-hubbard-jersey]Authentic Sam Hubbard Jersey[/url] , with a bases-loaded walk plating the winning run in the eighth, one inning after starters Derek Holland and Chad Bettis had exited a 1-1 game. San Francisco, seeking a fourth straight win, will send Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.20 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. The four-time All-Star recorded his first win of the season in his last start, rewarded for pitching eight shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Bumgarner has made 26 career starts against the Rockies, going 12-7 with a 3.05 ERA. He will be seeking to continue a stretch of brilliant pitching by the Giants, who have given up three or fewer runs in nine of their last 12 games. The starting staff has performed so well, Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted he’s not sure what the team’s going to do when injured rotation regulars Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are deemed healthy enough to return. That day is expected soon, especially with Samardzija, who has already made three injury-rehab appearances in the minors. “I think you look at the way the rotation has been throwing the ball, it’s not going to be easy,” Bochy said of who, if anybody, gets displaced. “But we knew this would be coming when Jeff’s ready and Johnny’s ready.” A matchup with the Rockies means Bumgarner will have to deal with hot-hitting Nolan Arenado [url=http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/malik-jefferson-jersey]Authentic Malik Jefferson Jersey[/url] , but it’s been Carlos Gonzalez who has given the Giants’ lefty the most trouble over the years. Gonzalez has five career homers against Bumgarner, the most anybody’s hit against the San Francisco ace. Arenado has two career homers against Bumgarner. The Giants not only will have to deal with Gonzalez and Arenado, but also with impressive Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.55), who already has beaten San Francisco twice this season. Facing the Giants twice in a 12-day stretch in May, Freeland allowed them four runs and 13 hits in 12 innings in 6-1 and 11-4 wins. The 25-year-old has gone 2-1 in June after a 4-1 May that included the two wins over the Giants. Freeland has started six times in his career against the Giants, going 4-2 with a 3.15 ERA. He’s 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two career starts in San Francisco. Freeland can expect to see Hunter Pence in the Giants’ lineup Wednesday. Pence has been relegated to part-time duties when not injured this season, but has come through big-time in his last two starts and has a history against Freeland. Pence collected two hits and two RBIs in a 6-5 win over Miami last Wednesday, then had a double and two more RBIs in a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Pence has faced Freeland eight times in his career, going 4-for-7 with a walk. A look at what’s happening around the majors today: BRONX TALES Old-Timers’ Day is always a special occasion at Yankee Stadium, and this year’s festivities are set to feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, along with first-timers Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and current Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The fun begins before New York takes on Tampa Bay. The Yankees are the only team in the majors that regularly holds these events, and this marks the 72nd annual Old-Timers’ Day in the Bronx – Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were among those in attendance at the very first one on Sept. 28, 1947 [url=http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/mark-walton-jersey]Authentic Mark Walton Jersey[/url] , two days before the Yankees hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series opener. ASCENDING ASTROS Houston has won 10 in a row overall, and the World Series champions aim to finish off a 10-0 road trip when Lance McCullers Jr. starts against the Royals. Coincidentally, the Astros had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City last year. OUCH! The Indians expect to know more about Carlos Carrasco, a day after the right-hander was struck in his pitching arm by a line drive from Minnesota’s Joe Mauer. The team announced Carrasco was diagnosed with a forearm contusion; manager Terry Francona said the pitcher was struck on the elbow. OH THOSE O’S The Orioles try to avoid a team-record 12th straight home loss when they face Miami. Baltimore has the worst record in the majors at 19-50, including nine losses in a row overall. Dylan Bundy (4-7) starts for the O’s against rookie Trevor Richards, who earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco. HARDLY HARPER Bryce Harper’s batting average has dropped to .221 after he went 0 for 4 and struck out twice Saturday at Toronto. The former MVP still leads the National League with 19 home runs. ”What I think I’d like for him to do is maybe not swing so much,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. ”He’s been swinging a lot, and I really think now is the time to take less swings and just go play.” REMEMBER ME? Yovani Gallardo, who has pitched for three different major league teams since leaving his hometown Rangers after the 2015 season, is expected to start for Texas at home against Colorado. The 32-year-old righty has been at Triple-A since signing a minor league deal in April after being designated for assignment by Cincinnati. LOOKING GOOD Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.96 ERA) gets the Sunday night start at Busch Stadium. The 22-year-old righty opposes Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.10) and the Cubs.|
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