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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.