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Pitcher Madison Bumgarner was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Pat Portugal and made his pro debut the next summer with the Augusta Greenjackets, going 15-3 to confirm his status as one of the top pitching prospects in all of organized baseball. By the end of the 2009 season, he had made his major league debut with the Giants. He became nationally-known during the 2010 World Series, when he pitched 8 scoreless innings in Game 4 against the Texas Rangers to help put the Giants on their way to their first Championship since moving to San Francisco, CA. He had gone 7-6, 3.00 in 18 starts as a rookie in 2010, being inserted in the Giants' starting rotation in mid-year.

In 2011, he continued to establish himself as a future front-line starter, going 13-13, 3.21 and pitching 204 2/3 innings for the Giants. He also struck out over 190 batters, something he would repeat the following two seasons as well. On April 16, 2012, the Giants signed Bumgarner to a five-year contract extension worth $35 million, with option years extending until 2019. He rewarded their confidence with a great season, going 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings. However, he was roughed up in his first two outings of the postseason, losing 9-0 to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of the NLDS and 6-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS. He looked so out of sorts that there was a question whether he would be used at all in the World Series, but he responded with a vintage performance in Game 2 on October 25, giving up no runs on 2 hits while striking out 8 in 7 innings to earn the Giants' 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Bumgarner started 2013 where he had left off the previous season, pitching 8 scoreless innings in which he gave up only two hits in his first start of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 2nd. Sergio Romo added a perfect 9th inning to complete the 3-0 combined shutout. On June 14th, he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning in a start against the Atlanta Braves, and ended up giving 2 hits and a walk while striking out 10 in 7 innings, combining with Sandy Rosario on a 6-0 shutout. He made the All-Star team for the first time and was the Giants' most consistent hurler all season, with Matt Cain struggling, Ryan Vogelsong injured and Tim Lincecum having an up-and-down year. He finished the year at 13-9, 2.77 in 31 starts and 201 1/3 innings. His ERA was fifth-best in the NL, while his 199 strikeouts placed him 9th. He was also among the league leaders for hits/9 innings (6.53, 3rd), WHIP (1.033, 5th) and K/9 IP (8.90, 7th). As spring training got under way in 2014, manager Bruce Bochy named him his Opening day starter, the first time he received this honor.

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