Bumgarner ready to go if needed in Game 7

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner is the hot topic at the World Series.

Much of the talk after Kansas City defeated the Giants 10-0 in Game 6 on Tuesday night surrounded not if, but when and how much Bumgarner would pitch in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Two days removed from a 117-pitch shutout effort in Game 5, the Giants ace, who has pitched 47.2 innings this postseason, said he feels better than he has all season.

San Francisco sends veteran Tim Hudson to the mound against Jeremy Guthrie. But Bumgarner joked he feels so good he’s capable of reaching new heights with his pitch count.

“Maybe 200,” Bumgarner said. “I don’t know.”

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Manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti aren’t about to let that happen.

He’d love to be able to use Bumgarner, who has a 1.13 postseason ERA, without restriction. Bumgarner has dominated Kansas City for 16 innings in the World Series, allowing a run, seven hits and a walk with 13 strikeouts.

But he also recognizes the 25-year-old has already completed 265 innings in 2014, including 217.1 in the regular season.

Still, Bochy won’t shy away from Bumgarner, either.

“If we do use him, how far he could go, Dave Righetti and myself, we’ll watch him and make sure we take care of him,” Bochy said. “This is the last game of the year, so it’s easier to push a guy the last game versus doing it twice.

“I think he could give some work if needed.”

Bay Area native Dan Hayes is the White Sox Insider for CSNChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CSNHayes.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.