Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

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The San Francisco Giants 26-year-old left-hander was named the 2014 World Series Most Valuable Player, going 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 ERA in nearly singlehandedly beating the Kansas City Royals.

Bumgarner (0-3) matched Vargas pitch for pitch until the fifth, when Paulo Orlando managed a one-out single. Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his first two starts this season.

RHP Madison Bumgarner will be facing the Royals for the first time since coming out of the Kauffman Stadium bullpen in Game 7 of the 2004 World Series and throwing five scoreless innings to preserve a one-run Giants' lead. The Royals went 1-for-11 with runner in scoring position and that hit failed to produce a run.

Just like the start of that season, the Giants have fallen under.500, and they have had a very hard time hitting with runners in scoring position.

Salvador Perez added an RBI single in the eighth, the third run surrendered by Giants relievers in the past nine games, and one that gave Herrera some breathing room in the ninth.

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Posey was the designated hitter batting cleanup for the opener of a two-game series in Kansas City, and bench coach Ron Wotus said Posey will likely serve as the DH on Wednesday, too. Kansas City was behind their baseball team all the way and while this is only a two-game series, it'd be nice to see the Royals sweep the series and get some minor revenge on the Giants for ruining the original fairy tale.

The Giants reinstated Buster Posey from the 7-day disabled list on Tuesday and designated backup catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area).

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after dropping 4 of their last 6 games, including a 4-3 loss in their series finale against the Rockies.

OUR PICK: The Giants have now won four of their last five games against the Royals and are 5-1 in Bumgarner's last six interleague starts. Duffy has 17 strikeouts through 20 innings.