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.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.