Sanchez returns to scene of gem

SAN FRANCISCO — Tonight (Thursday) should be a special one at AT&T Park.

Not just because the Giants apparently have rebounded from their dreadful road trip.

Not just because the trades for Ryan Garko and Freddy Sanchez have given the team unseen but definite impetus toward the postseason.

Not just because the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies are in town.

It’s largely because Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first home start since no-hitting San Diego on July 10.

Can you believe that? Nearly three whole weeks have elapsed since Sanchez threw his gem. Of course, that’s due to the vagaries of the schedule. Sanchez’s feat immediately preceded the All-Star break, and then the Giants began the second half with their three-city sojourn.

When Sanchez takes the mound, fans ought to give him the roaring salute he deserves for becoming the first Giant in 33 years to throw a no-hitter. I’m sure they will.

– Chris Haft

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