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March 17, 2013

Chapman prefers closer's role

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —

Baker said he was happy Chapman finally spoke up about the situation because he doesn't always talk to those who make such decisions.

As for the game, Baker felt Chapman didn't throw many quality pitches, but because of his overpowering stuff he was able to pitch out of trouble.

Chapman walked the first two hitters he faced and threw a wild pitch in the inning, but settled down.

Chapman's counterpart on the mound for San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner, remained solidly on track to start the second game of the regular season for the Giants on April 2.

The 23-year-old left-hander with 29 wins combined over the past two seasons allowed only a run on two hits over five innings.

''I felt just a touch better than last time out,'' Bumgarner said. ''Everything felt in rhythm more. Last time, I felt the timing was a little bit out of wack.''

Bumgarner pitched four shutout innings and allowed one hit on March 11.

Pablo Sandoval had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Giants.

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