Sold-out crowd cheers on Madison Bumgarner during rehab start for San Jose Giants

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A sold-out crowd cheered on Giants star Madison Bumgarner Wednesday night as he took the field for the San Jose Giants as he continues his rehabilitation from a dirt bike accident. (KGO-TV)

A sold-out crowd cheered on Giants star Madison Bumgarner Wednesday night as he took the field for the San Jose Giants.

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A dirt bike accident in Colorado sidelined the all-star in April. He experimented with 76 pitches Wednesday night -- 51 strikes, and 25 balls. Thrilled fans welcomed him.

The $10 tickets and an all-star pitcher on the mound created baseball magic in San Jose.

A sold-out crowd of 4,300 watched Bumgarner try out his arm as he recovers from a sprained shoulder and bruised ribs.

"Obviously I would rather not be here, but I'm happy to come through here as part of my rehab," Bumgarner said after the game.

He was all business -- no autographs before the game, and he was wildly cheered for by fans, who called it like they saw it after Bumgarner gave up eight runs at the top of the fourth inning.

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"He seems like he's out of his element and doesn't like being here, but I can tell he's doing well and he's working on pitches and motions," said baseball fan Nick Moody. "I think he's doing fine and will work through it and figure it out for himself and hopefully be better in the end."

"I got to make sure I can throw certain pitches and be confident with it," Bumgarner added.

He will be pitching for the San Jose Giants again next Monday and after the all-star break he is expected to be back up in San Francisco.

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