Bronson Arroyo pitches, hits the Reds to victory

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Ubaldwho?  OK, that’s dumb, but the word stuck in my head as soon as I saw Bronson Arroyo’s game, so I figured I had to write it.  And no, Arroyo didn’t pitch quite as well as Jimenez did today — he gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while walking a half-dozen guys — but he probably had a better all-around day in the Reds’ 7-2 victory over the Dodgers.

For one thing he hit a three-run homer.  We can consult Jerry Blevins on this one, but I’m going to say that John Ely wasn’t lucky to have the pitcher batting.  Arroyo also took part in three double-plays, all of which were 1-6-3 jobs, which isn’t something you see everyday.

The Reds had dropped two of three to the Royals and the first two of the series with L.A., so today’s victory was a much-needed one.  They now head on a west coast trip. With a game tomorrow night in Seattle and no day off in between, it was probably good for them that this one ended in a crisp two hours and twenty-six minutes.

Giants tab Madison Bumgarner to start Opening Day

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants, to the shock of absolutely no one, have tabbed Madison Bumgarner to start on Opening Day, March 29 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. He’ll pitch opposite Clayton Kershaw.

This will be the fifth consecutive season in which Bumgarner has started on Opening Day for the Giants. His five total Opening Day starts is still way behind the club record held by Juan Marichal, who started 10 Opening Days, including six consecutively from 1964-69.

Bumgarner, 28, missed nearly two months in the first half last season due to a dirt bike accident. He still managed to have a great season, compiling a 3.32 ERA with a 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.