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Buster Posey eager for Madison Bumgarner’s return

MIAMI — All-Star catcher Buster Posey was right to the point when asked what it would mean to have Madison Bumgarner back with the Giants. Bumgarner, after his latest rehab start at Class A San Jose on Monday, is looking forward to rejoining the rotation in San Diego, where the Giants play this weekend. The next day he fell off a dirt bike in Colorado and suffered a sprained AC shoulder joint and bruised ribs. Without Bumgarner, the Giants (34-56) haven’t been a factor in the National League West, though his absence hardly is the only reason. “It’s different for a team looking ahead when they play us, even if Bum’s pitching one game out of a three- or four-game set,” Posey said. The Giants trail first-place Los Angeles by 27 games, and Dodgers All-Star Clayton Kershaw pointed to Bumgarner when asked about the Giants’ lost season. Perhaps the last thing on A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso’s mind during his time in Miami was the trade deadline. The A’s lone All-Star could be trade bait as the July 31 deadline approaches, along with teammates Sonny Gray and Jed Lowrie, among others. Alonso paraded through Miami with other All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon and couldn’t help but remember the Marlins’ 2003 championship parade that took the same route. “I knew exactly where I was standing,” said Alonso, who rode by Tuesday where he was positioned 14 years earlier to see Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett, Juan Pierre, cigar-smoking manager Jack McKeon and the rest of the World Series champs.

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