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Bochy: Contract not a distraction to Sandoval

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he has talked to Pablo Sandoval to make sure the third baseman's contract situation isn't burdening him mentally.

Bochy said Sandoval's attitude and outlook remain sound, though general manager Brian Sabean said during a CSN Bay Area interview Tuesday that the club had halted contract discussions with the two-time All-Star.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he has talked to Pablo Sandoval to make sure the third baseman's contract situation isn't burdening him mentally.

Bochy said Sandoval's attitude and outlook remain sound, though general manager Brian Sabean said during a CSN Bay Area interview Tuesday that the club had halted contract discussions with the two-time All-Star.

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Bochy indicated that Sandoval's performing better than the .161 batting average he took into Wednesday's game suggested.

"I like his approach right now," Bochy said. "He's seeing pitches and showing a little discipline."

Sandoval, whose three-year, $17.15 million contract expires after this season, easily could become distracted by his impending free agency.

"You hope it doesn't," Bochy said. "There are times when it affects a player. They have to understand that it's part of the business of baseball."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.

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