Sandoval responds: 'I'm happy for my fans'

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Sandoval responds: 'I'm happy for my fans'

WASHINGTON Sandy Alderson mightnot be happy that Pablo Sandoval will start for the NL All-Star squad, but theGiants third baseman said he doesnt feel the least bit slighted by the MetsGMs controversial comments.

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The Kung Fu Panda was all smiles whenasked about Aldersons suggestion on Twitter that Sandoval only surged pastDavid Wright because he had a cuddly nickname.

Rather than lashing back, Sandovalreacted another way.

The fans, they make the decision, Sandoval said. Theresnothing to say. (Wright) is a great player and hes having a great season.

The fans made a push. Thats the most important thing. Thefans do it. Im happy for my fans. They support me every time.

Sandoval acknowledged he was surprised to make up a sizabledeficit in the final week of voting to pass Wright, who is hitting .354 and issecond in the NL with a 1.006 OPS. Sandoval is hitting .300 with an .832 OPSbut missed 40 games because of a fractured left hand.

Im not going to lie. Yes, especially when you miss amonth, said Sandoval, asked if the landslide result was unexpected.

Sandoval finished with 5.74 million votes, easily bestingWrights total of 4.13 million. Wright was named as a reserve.

Asked directly about Aldersons comments, Sandoval took the highroad.

Ive got nothing to say, Sandoval said. Im happy we madeit both. Were on the same team. I hope we both help the team win so we get(home field) for the World Series. Thats what I hope for, for me and myteammates. Its important. You can tell the last couple years for the NL.

In 2009, Sandoval had better numbers than Wright but theMets third baseman was elected to start the game. Sandoval was among the finalfive on the fan ballot to determine the last representative, but didnt makethe cut.

He said he voted for himself in that campaign. He hasntvoted for himself since.

No, no! he said, laughing. I did in 2009 and I didnt makeit. So I dont do that, and I made it."

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.

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Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

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In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.

Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.

First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.

In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.

Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.

He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.

San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.