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Kickham sent back to Triple-A as Gaudin returns

Kickham sent back to Triple-A as Gaudin returns

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In order to make room on the roster for Chad Gaudin when the Giants activated him in time to start Sunday, the club optioned left-hander Mike Kickham to Triple-A Fresno.

Kickham, who has pitched for the Giants in two stints this season as both a starter and a long reliever, will return to the rotation in Fresno. Manager Bruce Bochy said he liked what he saw from the rookie.

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"I thought he did well," Bochy said. "He used his changeup better, he was a little more in rhythm out of the stretch. I thought he made some progress up here and it's all about growing. We gave him some things we want him to work on [in Fresno]."

Kickham, along with reliever George Kontos, saved the bullpen from overuse in Friday's 10-2 loss to the Dodgers. Kickham went three innings of relief in a game where starter Matt Cain lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Kickham allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five.

In four big league outings (three starts), Kickham is 0-3 with a 12.15 ERA. He has allowed 25 hits in 13 1/3 innings while striking out 15 and walking five.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @OwensAndrew. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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