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Bumgarner turns it up in start against Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Madison Bumgarner recorded what was easily his best outing of the spring Monday, working four shutout innings as the Giants outlasted the Texas Rangers, 2-1.

Bumgarner permitted one hit while walking one and striking out four. He twice retired Jurickson Profar, Texas' rookie shortstop ranked by MLB.com as the overall No. 1 prospect, on called third strikes.

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"You've got to be on your game facing a lineup like that," Bumgarner said. "I know it's spring for them, too, but they can swing the bat."

Bumgarner echoed Matt Cain, who said Sunday that pitchers must begin taking a more serious approach even though nearly three weeks of Spring Training remain.

Said Bumgarner, "It's getting time now when you want to start being game-ready instead of working on certain things."

Catcher Buster Posey witnessed Bumgarner's sharpness first-hand.

"He threw the ball to both sides of the plate as well as I've seen him this spring," Posey said. "He got some changeups over for strikes and worked the curveball in as well."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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