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DENVER — The surging San Francisco Giants open a three-game series Monday at
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, where they have fared poorly. But ace
left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who is in vintage form, will start against the
Colorado Rockies in a sequel of sorts.

Bumgarner (1-2, 2.51) and Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.29), who
has been the Rockies’ best starter, opposed each other Wednesday at AT&T
Park. Both starters pitched seven scoreless innings before the Giants won 1-0 on
Brandon Crawford’s walk-off homer.

The Giants have lost 12 of their past 14 games at Coors Field. But they began
their current road trip by sweeping three games at Arizona — their first sweep
at Chase Field since September 2016 — giving the Giants (45-40) 10 wins in their
past 12 games.

The Giants are 19-26 on the road, which is the second-worst road record in
the National League. But they have won eight of their past 14 road games.

The Giants are tied for second in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2
1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks. That is the closest the Giants have been to
first place since June 10, when they were also 2 1/2 games behind.

The Giants got strong starts from Andrew Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez while
beating the Diamondbacks 2-1 and 7-0 and overcame a poor start by Derek Holland
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, 9-6.

“These are big games for us, for sure,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said
after Saturday’s win. “I think we all collectively know we’ve got to play better
on the road. … We go to Denver, where we haven’t played well the past couple of
years. It’s a matter of keeping our focus and executing.”

Bumgarner’s execution has been uncommonly good lately.

He has a string of 16 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to June 16
against the Dodgers at Los Angeles. He then worked eight scoreless innings June
21 against San Diego and limited the Rockies to two hits Wednesday in seven
innings.

That gave Bumgarner back-to-back scoreless outings of at least seven innings
for the first time in his career. In 27 starts in his career, Bumgarner is 12-7
with a 2.92 ERA against the Rockies.

At Coors Field, he is 5-5 with an ERA of 4.00 in 13 starts. He hasn’t pitched
in Colorado since 2016.

This is the second season in the majors for Freeland, who is 4-2 with an ERA
of 2.61 in seven starts against the Giants. He’s 2-0 in three starts against
them this year.

Freeland has allowed three or fewer runs in 11 starts and four runs in the
other. In six starts at Coors Field this year, Freeland is 4-2, 2.95.

Freeland held the Giants to four singles Wednesday, and registered 12
ground-ball outs.

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, allowed one runner to reach third base and
struck out eight (six swinging). Freeland threw 104 pitches, 67 for strikes.
Bumgarner finished with 101 pitches, 66 strikes.

“It was a great matchup between two lefties, one just starting his career and
getting his feet on the ground, and Bumgarner obviously we know what he’s done
in his career,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “It was impressive from Kyle in
terms of the changeup usage, keeping the ball down, enough inside to keep the
righties honest, changing speeds, sinking the ball.”

The Rockies (41-43) dropped two of three at San Francisco but then won two of
three at Los Angeles Carson
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, ending a 3-3 road trip with a 6-4 loss Sunday that
kept them six games behind Arizona.

The Rockies are 26-21 on the road, but their 15-22 home record is the
second-worst in the NL.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards
for any states that plan to legislate sports betting.

Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated
the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be
governed by federal law rather than state law. The Supreme Court ruled last week
to strike down a 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling.

In suggesting four core principles that should be maintained for any form of
legalized sports betting, Goodell stressed that leagues can ”protect our content
and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it.” He also
said guidelines must provide substantial consumer protections; ensure fans will
have access to official, reliable league data; and that law enforcement will
have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary ”to protect our
fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.”

After emphasizing the importance of protecting the integrity of his sport,
Goodell noted the NFL has been planning for the potential of legalized sports
gambling in states other than Nevada.

”(We) are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive
way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs,
players, employees and partners,” he said. ”These efforts include supporting
common sense legislation that protects our players Jose
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, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in
our games.”

The NFL has long opposed any forms of gambling on its games, though it has
approved the move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas in 2020, and has strong
ties to fantasy football, which is not tied to the Supreme Court decision.

Many sports leagues have expressed concerns about the varied betting rules
each state could pass, where bets could be placed, and who would be overseeing
them.

Those leagues also believe they are entitled to an ”integrity fee.” The
easiest way to arrange for a cut of the proceeds would be negotiating with
Congress rather than deals with individual states. If it passed a nationwide
bill, Congress could require casinos, tracks or state governments to share some
of their revenue with the sports leagues – or pay the integrity fees, designed
to cover the costs of policing betting.

AP Writer Wayne Parry contributed.

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