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Madison Bumgarner dominant in first Cactus League outing

With a dominant first outing of spring training, Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner fueled optimism that he might be poised to bounce back from a difficult 2020 season.

Bumgarner faced seven hitters on Thursday afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels. He struck out six of them, tossing two scoreless innings at Salt River Fields.

“I felt pretty solid,” Bumgarner said. “I maybe didn’t feel quite as good as the line shows, but I felt pretty dang good.”

Bumgarner endured a miserable first season with the Diamondbacks last year, posting a 6.48 ERA in nine starts. He averaged just 87.