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Pablo Sandoval blasted three home runs in the first game of the World Series.
Pablo Sandoval has battled injuries over the past two seasons. Over that span, he has missed 99 games.
In 2012, Sandoval had surgery on his left wrist to remove his fractured hamate bone. Incredibly, he also had the same injury to his right wrist the year before. In addition to the wrist surgery, Sandoval spent more time on the DL last year due to an injured hamstring.
Sandoval has had nagging leg problems periodically throughout his career and a major reason for this is his excess weight. If he comes into the 2013 season in decent shape, look for him to have a big year.
Sandoval's injuries robbed him of his power in 2012, as he hit just 12 home runs in 396 regular season at-bats. He also batted only .283, twenty 20 below his career average. Amazingly, Sandoval's power returned in the postseason as he connected with six home runs in 66 at-bats.
Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the World Series, two of which came off Detroit ace Justin Verlander. These blasts set the tone for the series as the Giants swept the Tigers in four games.
With his three blasts, Sandoval joined Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols and Babe Ruth as the only players in history to hit three home runs in a World Series game (though Ruth actually did it twice).
If Sandoval stays healthy, he is poised to have a big year for the Giants.