Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Tuesday at spring training that Bumgarner would pitch March 31 at Arizona.
This marks Bumgarner’s first Opening Day start. He was the only member of the San Francisco rotation with a winning record last season at 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts and 201¹⁄³ innings. He made his first NL All-Star team.
“He had a real nice year and he hasn’t done it before,” Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. “We’ll check that box off in his career. We wanted to reward Madison for his great year.”
Righty Matt Cain went Game 1 last season, when the Giants wound up missing the playoffs a year after winning their second World Series title in three years.
Cain, who had an inconsistent 2013 season in which he finished 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA, will start the year No. 2 in the rotation.
Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong will follow Bumgarner and Cain in the rotation.
Sogard upsets Posey: A’s second baseman Eric Sogard might not have an MVP on his résumé, but he has bragging rights over Giants catcher Buster Posey in the Face of MLB contest.
Sogard, who is hardly a household name, beat the Giants star in the quarterfinals of the MLB Network contest to advance to the semifinals to take on the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista.
Fans initially voted on one player for all 30 MLB teams and now the bracket-style tournament is voted on by fans on Twitter until a winner is decided.
Notes: Bochy said Posey and second baseman Marco Scutaro would not play in today’s spring opener against the A’s. Scutaro has had back-abdominal issues and likely won’t see game action until around March 7. ... A’s catcher John Jaso will take his place behind home plate in a game for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was struck by a foul tip on July 24. Jaso was given the starting nod for the spring training opener in Scottsdale today.
— Staff, wire report