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Sandoval takes extra BP to iron out swing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having generated far less offense than can be expected from a reigning World Series Most Valuable Player, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval took an intensive session of extra batting practice to correct a flaw in his stroke.

Sandoval had been lunging at the ball and swinging too early. So he concentrated on waiting for pitches to come to him. Manager Bruce Bochy alternated with hitting instructors Hensley Meulens and Joe Lefebvre in dispensing advice to the switch-hitter.

"He's not really changing anything. He just needs to get back to what he was," Bochy said. "It could take two or three days. Sometimes things click right away."

Sandoval, who turns 27 on Sunday, entered Friday batting .097 (3-for-31) in his previous eight games. With a batting average of .259, nine home runs and 52 RBIs, Sandoval could accumulate totals that would fall dangerously close to his personal-worst 2010 season (.268, 13 homers, 63 RBIs).

Chris Haft is a reporter for
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