Bochy gives Sandoval All-Star endorsement

OAKLAND — It was bound to happen at some point: Giants manager Bruce Bochy declared that infielder Pablo Sandoval deserves a place on the National League All-Star team, which will face its American League counterparts July 14 in the Midsummer Classic.

“He’s a guy who should be looked at real, real hard,” Bochy said of Sandoval, who ranked second in the NL entering the game with a .338 batting average. Only David Wright of the New York Mets (.349) eclipsed Sandoval.

Sandoval also had 26 multi-hit games entering Monday, tied for fourth-most in the NL.

Sandoval has virtually no chance of being elected to the team in fan voting, so he’ll have to rely on the kindness of the folks who select the reserves — among them, manager Charlie Manuel of the reigning world champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Sandoval’s free-swinging style also has impressed A’s manager Bob Geren. “He’s a tough out because he can hit so many different styles of pitching,” Geren said. “He’s one of those guys who’s difficult to put [together] any sort of a book on.”

— Chris Haft

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