Posted: Saturday June 9, 2012 2:32 PM

Slugger Pablo Sandoval returns to Giants lineup

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval came off the disabled list Saturday, insisting he'll get back to his rigorous fitness routine to be at his best for the rest of San Francisco's season.

The switch-hitting slugger returned to the lineup playing third base and batting third for the middle game of the Giants' weekend series with the Texas Rangers. Manager Bruce Bochy planned to speak to his All-Star about his focus as he tries to pick up the level he was at before undergoing surgery May 4 to remove a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

The 25-year-old Sandoval is being investigated on sexual assault allegations in Santa Cruz County, but no charges have been filed. Sandoval says he is focused on baseball. He's batting .316 with five homers and 15 RBIs.
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