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Sore toe prompts Sandoval's early departure

Sore toe prompts Sandoval's early departure

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves after five innings with discomfort in his left big toe, manager Bruce Bochy said.

"I didn't want to take any chances," Bochy said. "He had said it was pretty sore."

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Bochy sounded optimistic about Sandoval's availability for Thursday's series opener against the Miami Marlins.

"I think he'll be fine," Bochy said.

Before departing, Sandoval enjoyed a fruitful afternoon in the Giants' 10-4 victory. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to five games. Batting .400 (8-for-20) during that stretch, Sandoval has lifted his batting average from .171 to .203, marking the first time he has exceeded .200 since he was at .250 (2-for-8) two games into the season.

"His swing has picked up in the last week," Bochy said of Sandoval, a two-time All-Star. "His point of contact is in a better place. He's a gifted hitter. It's a matter of time before he gets going."

Sandoval also contributed a sparkling defensive play in the second inning. He flung himself to his left to snare Ryan Doumit's ground ball, then straightened in time to make a strong throw to first base for the out.

"He's had a good attitude this whole time," Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner said. "If you came in the clubhouse, you wouldn't know whether he was hitting .400 or .100. We all knew he was going to come around. It's starting to turn around for him."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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