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Rotowire: Mar 13 / 4:28a ET
News: Sandoval hit his first homer of the spring in Thursday's game against the Pirates. It came swinging left-handed against right-hander Ryan Beckman.
Impact: Joining Sandoval was David Ortiz, who also homered off Beckman on Thursday. It was an encouraging sign of left-handed pop for a team that generated a mere .696 OPS swinging from the left side of the plate in 2014, a tie for 20th in the majors.
Rotowire: Feb 17 / 4:46p ET
News: Sandoval worked on his right-handed swing in the offseason, the Boston Globe reports. "I've been working all offseason on my right-handed swing," Sandoval said. "I just started hitting left-handed last week. This is going to be a good challenge for me."
Impact: As a member of the Giants last season, Sandoval batted .199 from the right side of the plate compared to his career average of .271. He batted .317 from the left side of the plate last season, where he has a .304 career average. While there is no guarantee that the extra work will result in a better outcome, at least Sandoval is trying to correct the flaws in his game.