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Giants hoping Sandoval on offensive upswing

Giants hoping Sandoval on offensive upswing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Only time will tell if Pablo Sandoval's woes at the plate are over, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy believes Sunday's results may be exactly what the third baseman needed.

"He should feel good about that," Bochy said of Sandoval's three-hit performance. "Sometimes a game like that can get a guy going, get his confidence going."

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Sandoval recorded a season-high three hits and two RBIs in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. A career .292 hitter, he is still hitting just .189 this season, but Sunday was his first multi-hit game since April 27.

"He has the ability to hit," Bochy said. "He didn't lose that. This game's humbling at times and it can beat you up. Once he gets that confidence back, he'll be the player that we know he is."

Entering play Monday, Sandoval had four hits in his last nine at-bats and may be regaining confidence.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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