Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is the team’s Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are starting Wily Peralta. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Healthy Giants ready to embrace role of contenders on Opening Day

MILWAUKEE — Madison Bumgarner has a marquee pitching matchup coming up this week against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

First, the San Francisco Giants left-hander has to get through his opening-day assignment Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
“We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves. Milwaukee’s certainly not going to be a pushover,” Bumgarner said.

The Giants added veterans Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to an already solid starting staff this offseason. New addition Denard Span, a career .287 hitter, bolsters the outfield. Second baseman Joe Panik and starter Matt Cain have overcome injuries and made the opening-day roster.

“It’s time to go and these guys are ready,” said Bochy, whose roster has been set for a week and is healthy from Day 1. “I can’t tell you, I’m so pleased with how things came together and guys are healthy and ready to go. That’s all you want. For us to start the season like this, I couldn’t be happier.”

Wily Peralta makes his first career opening-day start today.Bruce Bochydenard spanJeff SamardzijaJoe PanikJohnny CuetoMadison BumgarnerMatt CainMilwaukee BrewersMLBSan Francisco Giants

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