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Bochy fears Sandoval has a serious hand injury

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It wasn't a happy ending for Giants fans.

First, their team rallied to tie the Marlins 2-2 in the ninth inning Wednesday, only to lose in the 10th on Giancarlo Stanton's homer off Santiago Casilla.

Then came the news about Pablo Sandoval, delivered by manager Bruce Bochy, who strongly hinted Sandoval has a pretty bad left hand injury.

"There's a lot of concern here," Bochy said of Sandoval, who exited the game after his sixth-inning at-bat, a groundout to third. "We know what this guy means to our offense, our ballclub."

Sandoval has been the Giants' best hitter, by far. He was the first player in franchise history to open a season hitting safely in 20 consecutive games, and he leads the team in homers (five) and RBI (15) to accompany his .316 average.

Now an injury.

Last year's Giants were buried with injuries (remember Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez?), and closer Brian Wilson already is lost for the 2012 season.

Sandoval also was injured last year, missing six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right hand. He had surgery May 3, a year ago Thursday.

Sandoval is to be re-evaluated before more is known of his latest injury.

"He's down," outfielder Gregor Blanco said. "He knows we really need him, and we hope he's back soon."

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