Every time Madison Bumgarner pitches he states his case as one of the premiere pitchers in the majors. Only those who stubbornly cling to personal wins as the best gauge of a pitcher’s worth would disagree.
Bumgarner’s worst affliction is playing for an offensively challenged team whose hitters are at their worst on the nights he throws.
Bumgarner should have cruised to his 12th victory Tuesday night. Heck, he might be going for his 16th or 17th on a better-hitting team. Instead, he had no decision in the a 3-2 loss to the Padres.
– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Last year as a rookie with the Rangers, Martin Perez was one partial reason the A’s won the pennant.
Tuesday’s 5-1 Rangers win over the A’s indicated how much things have changed. If Texas outlasts Oakland in the American League West sprint, it likely will be due in part to Perez, whose win Tuesday was his sixth in succession.
– John Hickey, Bay Area News Group
As Kyle Williams suits up for his first game in more than nine months, he will pull his No. 10 49ers jersey over a new No. 81 tattoo on his inner left forearm honoring a former teammate.
Williams added the fresh ink during the offseason as a tribute to an Arizona State teammate, Tyrice Thompson, who died Feb. 2 from injuries suffered when he was stabbed Jan. 27 while working at a popular Scottsdale, Ariz., nightclub. Williams will play in Thompson’s honor this year — the fourth-year pro’s return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that required surgery and ended his 2012 season in late November.
– The Associated Press