Sandoval gets start at first base

Sandoval gets start at first base

NEW YORK -- To nobody's great surprise, Pablo Sandoval remained in the Giants' lineup Sunday, though he moved across the diamond to start at first base.

Manager Bruce Bochy and his staff have discussed whether Sandoval, the only Giant to start all 30 games, might need a break. Sandoval was 3-for-32 at the plate in May entering Sunday, dropping his batting average below .300.

But, Bochy said, "He's young [23]. It's not like we're in hot weather." Indeed, gametime temperature at Citi Field was a brisk 53 degrees.

Moreover, with catcher Bengie Molina and first baseman Aubrey Huff resting, Bochy wanted Sandoval's formidable presence in the lineup.

"We need him right now," Bochy said.

With Sandoval at first base, where he played 26 games last year, Ryan Rohlinger, summoned from Triple-A Fresno on Friday, occupied third. That gave the Giants an additional right-handed bat in the lineup against Mets left-hander Oliver Perez.