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Madison Bumgarner’s impact on ‘psyche of club’

Manager Bruce Bochy announced his newly aligned rotation, and Madison Bumgarner will pitch Saturday, his first Giants start since April 19. “We missed his voice ... and his BP,” Bochy said as Bumgarner took his hacks in batting practice during Thursday’s workout at Petco Park. Johnny Cueto, who started Sunday in the Giants’ final game before the All-Star break, gets the ball for Friday’s opener against the Padres, followed by Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija. Bumgarner made just three starts before injuring his shoulder and ribs in his April 20 dirt-bike accident in Colorado, and the Giants showed very little in his absence. On Sunday, he gave up six runs on six hits with six walks in six-plus innings. “His intensity, his presence, all that, trust me, I’m hoping things like this are a shot in the arm for the club,” Bochy said. Eduardo Nuñez (hamstring) was set back in his rehab assignment with San Jose when drilled in the calf during batting practice Wednesday.

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