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McCutchen takes Bumgarner deep in BP

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though Cactus League games haven't begun, Andrew McCutchen looked ready for what lies beyond: the regular season.

The Giants scheduled their first session of live batting practice Tuesday, and McCutchen celebrated the occasion by clobbering a home run off Madison Bumgarner and crushing a wall ball off Andrew Suarez.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though Cactus League games haven't begun, Andrew McCutchen looked ready for what lies beyond: the regular season.

The Giants scheduled their first session of live batting practice Tuesday, and McCutchen celebrated the occasion by clobbering a home run off Madison Bumgarner and crushing a wall ball off Andrew Suarez.

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Following the drive off Bumgarner, catcher Buster Posey nudged McCutchen out of the batter's box, half-playfully and half-seriously, as if to prevent an ensuing knockdown pitch from the big left-hander.

"I never understand how guys can do that in the first live BP," Posey said, referring to McCutchen's display. "He's got as quick of hips and hands as anybody I've ever seen."

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McCutchen owns a .136 regular-season batting average (3-for-22) off Bumgarner. So his batting-practice clout prompted a modest reaction.

"I don't think I really got too many of those," McCutchen said.

Asked whether he'd consider consulting Bumgarner for advice regarding how opposing pitchers set him up, McCutchen replied it simply wasn't his style.

"At the end of the day, I know what I need to do," the .291 career hitter said. "I know, regardless of who it is, the adjustments I need to make. I don't necessarily [ask pitchers about himself] because I know myself more than anything. A lot of people like to say it's the guy who got you out. No, I look at it as you get yourself out. When you get out, you know what you did wrong."

• Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that his thoughts and prayers would remain with Orlando Cepeda, the Giants legend and Hall of Famer who was hospitalized late Monday night.

"I'm sorry to hear it," Bochy said. "He comes here for our Hall of Fame get-togethers, he's in the clubhouse, he has fun with the players."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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