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Freddy Sanchez


Sanchez was given the day off Sunday. Sanchez, the NL batting leader at .339, has struggled in his last nine games, batting .216 (8-for-37).


Sanchez was selected to his first All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve third baseman for the National League. He is hitting .363 with five homers and 45 RBIs this season.


According to Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, Sanchez is currently about 70 percent recovered from the hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the team's last three games. The infielder, who is batting .289 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI in 50 games this season, continues to be listed as day-to-day.


On Thursday, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said that Sanchez will continue to get most of the at-bats at third base, as he has in recent days. Sanchez has proven to be a better defensive player at third than Ty Wigginton, and his bat has become an asset.