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Sanchez's rehab remains stuck in neutral

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--2B Freddy Sanchez took grounders before the game and made soft throws to first base, appearing no closer to beginning his latest rehab assignment. As manager Bruce Bochy said, "This has taken a lot longer than we anticipated or hoped. Hopefully he's getting over the hump here." Sanchez dislocated his right shoulder in June and underwent surgery in August.

--LHP Barry Zito issued seven walks and got pulled after 3 2/3 innings. In his four April starts, he issued a combined six walks. "Bad rhythm. I think I probably rushed a little bit. My delivery was too quick." Zito entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in four starts. He allowed just two runs (one earned) on two hits Wednesday in a no-decision against Miami.

--C Buster Posey got the first pinch-hit of his career, a single to right field in the ninth inning. He was not in the lineup for the fifth time this season as C Hector Sanchez has evolved into LHP Barry Zito's personal catcher. Posey has started 15 games at catcher and four at first base.

--CF Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 16 games, four shy of the 20-game streak 3B Pablo Sandoval had to open the season. Pagan owns the longest active streak in the majors and is hitting .306 (22-for-72) in the 16 games.

--RHP Ryan Vogelsong will make his fourth start of the year Thursday after striking out a career-high-tying eight batters in his last start, Friday in New York. In six outings (two starts) against the Marlins, he's 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA. Both starts came last season, and he struck out 11 batters in 15 2/3 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS
10 -- Batters walked Wednesday by Giants pitchers, a season high. The previous high was six.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's early. Keep battling. We've just got to keep our heads up and pick up some slack around here." -- LHP Barry Zito, in the wake of 3B Pablo Sandoval's left hand injury.

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