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Let’s get it on: Bumgarner, Kershaw meet for third time this season

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Denver.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Denver. AP

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▪ It’s not exactly the third epic fight between Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier – better known as the Thrilla in Manila – but Thursday’s third showdown this season between National League heavyweight southpaws Madison “Mad Bum” Bumgarner and Clayton “Kid K” Kershaw should be a Thrilla on the Hilla.

Pitching out of the black and orange corner, Bumgarner comes in standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 235 pounds. The 25-year-old from Hickory, N.C., has a career record of 71-51 with a 3.07 ERA.

In 18 career starts against the Dodgers, he is 12-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He has three World Series rings and was the 2014 World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated “Man of the Year.”

Pitching out of the blue corner, Kershaw stands 6-4 and weighs 245 pounds. The 27-year-old from Dallas has a career record of 100-51 with a 2.54 ERA.

In 27 career starts against the Giants, he is 14-6 with a slender 1.51 ERA. Along with winning his second consecutive N.L. Cy Young award in 2014, Kershaw was the league’s MVP.

In their first meeting April 22, both gave up two earned runs and didn’t factor into the decision as the Giants won 3-2 at AT&T Park.

A week later at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner – 3-2 vs. Kershaw – earned the win in a 2-1 Giants victory; Kershaw took the loss.

If you prefer high-scoring games and detest pitching duels, Thursday’s game isn’t for you.

▪ According to Forbes, the average secondary-market ticket price to the showdown between Bumgarner and Kershaw at AT&T Park is $53.24 – with the cheapest seat $25.

That’s a deal considering the average ticket for the first meeting between the aces was $64.39.

▪ The Giants were 4-10 entering their first game of the season against the Dodgers one month ago. Since sweeping their rival April 21-23, the Giants have an N.L. best 17-8 record.

Victor Contreras (916) 326-5527, @sacbeevictor

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