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Giants vs. Twins Preview: Madison Bumgarner Set to Duel Carl Pavano in Series Opener

For the first time during the 2011 season the San Francisco Giants will have an interleague matchup with a team besides the Oakland A’s. The G-Men head back to AT&T Tuesday night to kick off their series with the Minnesota Twins at a time when both teams are going opposite directions.

The Giants are losers of their last four games, and will send out Madison Bumgarner ( 3-8 3.21 ERA) to try and end the skid. Bummy was the starter for the Giants’ last win with his six innings of work in Arizona on Wednesday. And despite getting a team-low 2.8 runs of support, he’s allowed three or fewer while pitching at least six innings in each of his last 10 starts, posting a 2.03 ERA during that span.

But the G-Men will have their hands full with the Twins Carl Pavano (4-5, 4.20 ERA) Tuesday, as he’s has turned it up a notch the past few weeks. Pavano has thrown two complete games this month, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.44 ERA in his last three starts.

First pitch is set for 7:15 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network and KNBR 680 AM.

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