The Giants are not expected to re-sign Pablo Sandoval before he hits the market

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are not expected to re-sign Pablo Sandoval before he hits the free agent market at midnight tonight.

Not surprising. Heck, the Giants and Sandoval are still picking confetti out of their hair from Friday’s parade and the period during with teams have exclusive rights to negotiate with free agents is vanishingly small these days. Rosenthal reports, however, that the Giants remain the favorites to sign Sandoval to a long term deal, even though other teams have a shot at him starting tomorrow.

Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI during the regular season, and of course, kicked butt in the postseason once again. More significantly is the fact that the Giants have rarely let key free agents leave in recent years, so it would be quite surprising if Sandoval were to go elsewhere.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.