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Sanchez starting to take time from Hall

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Bill Hall's presence in the Astros lineup has been less and less frequent as concerns grow that his slow start is more than just a start.

After Hall started 34 of the Astros' first 41 games at second base, Brad Mills has had Hall on the bench for four of the last six games, including both Saturday's 7-5 loss and Sunday's 3-2 win against the Blue Jays.

Angel Sanchez has hit better than Hall through the first quarter of the season and has shown aptitude at second base whereas he struggled at shortstop where he was installed for an injured Clint Barmes the first three weeks of the season.

"Sanchie's done such a good job last year and so far this year in that role. He steps in and puts the bat on the ball, does such a good job as our second hitter, really helps stretch out the lineup a bit and has done a good job at second base.

As for Hall, whom the Astros secured this offseason to aid in run production, "we were hoping that there were things that he would be able to do a little bit more offensively.

"He has really swung the bat well against left-handed pitching and his struggles have really been more evident against right-handed pitching," Mills said. "Going forward, we want to give Billy at-bats and everything else, but you get in a situation where here's (Sanchez) being able contribute, so it's a mixed bag and a tough situation."

Hall entered the game at .303 with a .361 on-base percentage against lefties compared to .194 with a .245 OBP against righties. However, the left-handed numbers are built on a tenuous foundation with 18 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances compared to just three walks.

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