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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, last year's NL batting champion, was out of the lineup Thursday with a sore left wrist.
Manager Jim Tracy said Sanchez hurt the wrist on a checked swing.
``His grip strength is fine,'' Tracy said. ``When he goes to finish his swing it's bothering him.''
Jose Castillo replaced Sanchez at second base, batting eighth, and Jason Bay moved up to the third slot in the order.
Sanchez tripled and singled in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday and was batting .348 with three RBIs in 23 at-bats. He began the year on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury and has played in six games.
Sanchez batted .344 last year after beginning the season as a platoon player.
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