Following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start

June 4, 2011, 12:15 am
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Editor's Note: Mychael Urban is at the San Jose Giants Single-A game, following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start. Follow @MUrbanCSN's real-time updates on Twitter.
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8:55 p.m: Pablo is done for the night after four innings, now working out on a stairmaster in the SJ Giants workout shed. That concludes our play-by-play.

7:55 p.m.: Sandoval up ... still doing his pre-AB dance ... 1-0 fastball outside ... Foul ball, 1-1 ... Way outside, 2-1 ... Way outside again, 3-1 ... You knew he'd swing there ... Foul ball, full count ... Swing and a miss, high breaking ball. Sandoval only Gigantito without a hit or a walk.

7:49 p.m.: Chopper forces Sandoval to leap for it at third base, it tips off the top of the glove for an infield single. Jordan he's not.

7:46 p.m.: Anyone expecting Sandoval to come out raking after a month offwrist surgery might be expecting a tad much. Tonight is about being pain-free.
7:44 p.m.: Weak chopper to second base. Pablo's 0-for-2.

7:40 p.m.: I know play-by-play of a minor league at-bat might be tedious to some, but ... fastball low. 1-0. Wear it.

7:30 p.m.: Hector Sanchez chopper over first baseman scores Sandoval and runner behind him. 3-0 Giants.

7:26 p.m.: Ryan Cavan doubles down right-field line to make it 1-0, Sandoval held at third.

7:23 p.m.: Bouncer to second baseman, who flips to shortstop for forceout, Pablo down line quickly enough to make shortstop eat throw. First and 3rd

7:20 p.m.: Fastball down and away. 1-0 ... Cutter, strike 1 called ... Breaking ball, strike 2 called.

7:18 p.m.: Huge ovation for Sandoval, wearing No. 35, as he steps into left-side box with two on, nobody out.

7:13 p.m.: Pablo Sandoval batting third for the Gigantitos, coming up soon.

6:50 p.m.: Pablo showing big love for San Jose Giants fans here. Signed many autographs.

4:55 p.m.: Pablo looked good in BP. Just talked to him for a bit. Digs being back with the kids but really eager to join the San Francisco Giants.

4 p.m.: I am in the press box at the San Jose Giants game, and the press box is decidedly minor league. LOVE IT! This, my friends, is real ball!

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