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Longoria (ankle) scratched; Sandoval at 3B

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PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Evan Longoria experienced a recurrence of the left ankle injury that nagged him during Spring Training, forcing him to be scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs won, 1-0.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he expected Longoria to miss perhaps the next two games.

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PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Evan Longoria experienced a recurrence of the left ankle injury that nagged him during Spring Training, forcing him to be scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs won, 1-0.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he expected Longoria to miss perhaps the next two games.

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Pablo Sandoval replaced Longoria, both at third base and in the fifth spot in the batting order. The switch-hitting Sandoval entered the game batting .250 overall (4-for-16), but only .143 (1-for-7) against lefties. He will face a southpaw in D-backs Tuesday night starter Patrick Corbin.

Longoria, who rested his ankle during the second week of Spring Training, sustained what Bochy called a "tweak," as the three-time All-Star stood in the batter's box, tracking Derek Holland's pitches during a throwing session between starts.

Longoria entered Tuesday batting .204 (11-for-54), while starting 14 of San Francisco's first 15 games at third base. However, he had surged lately, batting .368 (7-for-19) with three doubles and a home run during the past five games.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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