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Another clunker for Giants as Moore struggles again

The Giants, who aren’t exactly sprinting to the All-Star break, must make some serious rotation decisions after they reassemble and reunite with Madison Bumgarner. Giancarlo Stanton treated Moore like a batting practice pitcher, hitting two blasts to right field, one that cleared the 25-foot brick wall and another that nearly did — a rare demonstration by a right-handed hitter. Moore, acquired before last year’s trade deadline for popular Matt Duffy, helped the Giants reach the postseason and pitched solidly against the Cubs in Game 4 of the Division Series, only to watch an epic bullpen meltdown. Bochy said it’s possible Johnny Cueto, who was scratched from Thursday’s start with an inner ear infection, will start Sunday, the final game before the break. Bumgarner, recovering from his April 20 dirt-bike accident, will make another rehab start Monday at Class A San Jose, throwing 90 pitches, and Bochy said if the lefty comes out of it OK, he’ll pitch in next weekend’s series in San Diego. Bumgarner, who threw a bullpen session and took batting practice Friday, is coming off two rough rehab outings, but results aren’t considered as important as health and arm strength. Friday, they were outhit 16-5 and didn’t score until Denard Span’s ninth-inning homer into McCovey Cove, the Giants’ 74th splash hit in the ballpark’s 18-year history. Moore fell behind 4-0 in the first inning on Stanton’s two-run homer and JT Riddle’s two-run single. Justin Bour added an RBI single in the second, and J.T. Realmuto homered off Gearrin in the fifth.

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