The Giants will begin the exhibition season Tuesday at Mesa, where they'll play the Oakland A's. Madison Bumgarner, hero of the 2014 postseason, is scheduled to start for the Giants and pitch one inning. Bumgarner is expected to be followed by Tim Lincecum, who's also in the projected regular-season starting rotation. But since starters aren't yet pitching in a five-man rotation, the Giants and other clubs tend to "piggyback" pairs of starters until later in the spring.
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