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EXTRA BAGGS: Bumgarner cool, collected

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EXTRA BAGGS: Bumgarner cool, collected

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortly after his Independence Day loss atWashington DC, when the Nationals punked his fuse for three home runs and sevenearned runs, Madison Bumgarner made a confession to manager Bruce Bochy.

He said he kind of lost his focus, Bochy said. He said hewasnt focused on getting hitters out as much as battling the weather.

No focus issues this time. The conditions were cool andBumgarner was collected while throwing his second career complete game. TheNationals, who had scored 38 runs in their first four victories over theGiants, managed just a run on five hits against Bumgarner as he and the selloutcrowd enjoyed a soothing, 6-1 victory Tuesday night.

Bochy said he wouldve used Sergio Romo to start the ninthbefore the Giants tacked on four runs in the eighth to open up a 2-1 game.

He pitched very efficiently, Bochy said. Thats whatallowed us to let him finish the game. And I knew he wanted to.

Bumgarner said he knew where his focus needed to be,especially after watching the Nationals take out Ryan Vogelsong in a 14-2victory a night earlier.

I knew, especially after what they did to me at theirplace, and what they did last night, he said. I needed to come in here withcomplete focus and put pitches where they needed to go.

Bumgarner was never better than the fourth inning, when asingle and a bungled sacrifice bunt created a scary situation. The leftyinduced three soft outs from the middle of the Nationals lineup.

Youve just got to slow down when that happens, saidBumgarner, who couldnt handle Bryce Harpers bunt. You take it pitch by pitchand not get carried away.

Said Bochy: Hes as good as anybody at bouncing back andmaking an adjustment. He did tonight.

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Did we mention that Bumgarner is younger than Stephen Strasburg?

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Beating the Nationals was important for the Giants psyche(both the fans and the players), but maybe it wasnt the most important thingin the world.

After Wednesday, the Giants wont see the Nationals again inthe regular season. They certainly dont want to see them in the N.L. DivisionSeries. And it would be especially daunting if the Giants get there as a wildcard and have to burn through their best pitchers just to advance past aone-game playoff. (The Reds could always catch the Nats for the No. 1 seed,though.)

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The key for the Giants, as it was in the beginning, is nowand ever shall be, is to win the N.L. West. That means beating up on the Padresand Rockies. It means refusing to let the Arizona Diamondbacks bubble up intothis race. And it means playing their best baseball against their archrivals,whom theyll see again beginning Monday at Dodger Stadium.

Even if the Giants do tangle with the Nats again in the playoffs, they'll enter with a clean slate. Nothing that happened during the regular season matterspast the first weekend in October.

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Hunter Pence felt badly about not catching Jayson Werthstriple that led to the Nationals only run. Pence said he flinched and didnttake an extra step because he thought he was about to make contact with centerfielder Angel Pagan.

If I just take that extra step and reach for it, Id befine, he said.

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The Giants need a dependable long man with Brad Penny out.Perhaps itll be Guillermo Mota.

Hes eligible to return Aug. 28 after a 100-game suspensionfor testing positive for a banned substance. Motas road officially beganTuesday night, when he threw 1 13 innings for the Giants affiliate in therookie-level Arizona League.

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The Madison Bumgarner sandwich from Ikes Place sounds damngood right about now.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”