Sandoval To Start At Designated Hitter For Giants

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Pablo Sandoval celebrates after hitting a solo home run in second inning.(Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ― Pablo Sandoval is set to be the San Francisco Giants’ designated hitter in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night.

With the Series shifting to the home of the American League champion Texas Rangers, Bochy had to decide who would DH. While Sandoval struggled through a down year, batting .268 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs, using him will not disrupt a lineup that has been working. The Giants scored 20 runs in the first two games at home for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Series.

Sandoval — nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” — has played in five games this postseason, making two starts in the NL division series against Atlanta and two more in the NLCS versus the Phillies.

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