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Price won't treat Bumgarner 'any different'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is an imposing figure, whether he's on the mound or at the plate. Red Sox lefty David Price is well aware of his offensive prowess.

"I don't treat him any different," said Price, who is scheduled to pitch against the Giants and Bumgarner on Wednesday. "None of this, 'I'll throw you all fastballs and you throw me all fastballs.' I'm going to pitch him like anybody else."

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is an imposing figure, whether he's on the mound or at the plate. Red Sox lefty David Price is well aware of his offensive prowess.

"I don't treat him any different," said Price, who is scheduled to pitch against the Giants and Bumgarner on Wednesday. "None of this, 'I'll throw you all fastballs and you throw me all fastballs.' I'm going to pitch him like anybody else."

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Bumgarner, who expressed an interest in competing in the Home Run Derby during this year's All-Star Game, has 13 career home runs in his six-plus years in the Majors and has produced several tape-measure shots during batting practice.

"The power is clear," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "What his average is, I don't know. He's certainly a threat when he's standing in the batter's box. You don't take it lightly. You have to take care with him."

Bumgarner, who has won a pair of Silver Slugger Awards, owns a career batting average of .180, but he's produced seasons of .258 with 15 RBIs in 2014 and hit .247 last year.

 

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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