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Bumgarner hopes to relax in second start

Bumgarner hopes to relax in second start

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The first two innings of Madison Bumgarner's 2010 debut were full of nerves for the young left-hander.

He gave up two home runs to Boston in that span, but settled down to retire 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. On Wednesday, a day before he was scheduled to make his second start of the season, Bumgarner said he felt more calm, but wasn't sure how he'd feel come Thursday evening.

"It's going to be hard to tell until once it starts getting to gametime and first pitch comes," Bumgarner said of fighting off the nerves. "Hopefully I'll be able to relax."

Bumgarner said he didn't study film or look too much into his start against the Red Sox, mainly because he knew he wasn't himself. Although he had four appearances in 2009 and now has one start under his belt this season, Bumgarner said he wasn't sure how long the nerves would last, but acknowledged they could be around awhile.

"I don't even know -- I could be here for a year and still feel the same way," Bumgarner said. "[Being in the Majors is] tough to adjust to. It's something you work for your whole life and it's just like, 'Wow.'"

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