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Still ill, Panda rests along with Belt for finale

Still ill, Panda rests along with Belt for finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ill Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval was out of Wednesday's lineup, as manager Bruce Bochy wanted to give the flu-stricken third baseman extra time to recover.

Since Thursday is a scheduled off-day for the Giants, Bochy figured that a two-day rest would benefit Sandoval, who won Tuesday night's game against the Nationals with a two-run, 10th-inning homer. Joaquin Arias started at third base and hit sixth in place of Sandoval.

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"Hopefully, when we come back Friday, he'll be over this 'crud' he caught and be back to full strength," Bochy said.

A combination of circumstances accounted for first baseman Brandon Belt's absence from the lineup. Playing the percentages, Bochy started right-handed-hitting Brett Pill at first base to face Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Moreover, Belt was bothered slightly by back tightness in Tuesday night's 4-2 win.

Bochy said that both Sandoval and Belt are available to come off the bench for pinch-hitting or late-substitution purposes.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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