"Like I say, I'm going to focus on playing the game and being healthy and being available to be on the field," said Sandoval. "I don't focus on those [other] things. I don't control those things. I'll focus to play the game right and support my teammates and play good defense."
Sandoval went 1-for-3 with a single to left in his first at-bat. The third baseman also made a couple of nice charging plays on slow rollers.
"He moved well," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "You know, he came in on a couple of slow rollers, which are challenging plays. The low back issue that he was dealing with didn't have any effect on his swing. I thought he took some really good swings right-handed, and that's been the area that's been most improved with him, from the right side of the plate. It's a good-looking swing."
Shaw started at first and went 0-for-3. After hitting at a torrid clip for most of camp, Shaw is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. In 19 Grapefruit League games, he boasts a team-leading .333 average.
"More timing," Farrell said of Shaw's recent results. "Even when you look at his track record through the Minor Leagues, and he was on such a long and extended run last year when he was swinging the bat well. He's on the other side of that right now. But it's just a matter of him getting his foot down on time and continuing to take a good, aggressive path through the strike zone."
Meanwhile, Sandoval is just happy to be feeling healthy after missing close to a week of action.
"It's a good sign that I'm free without pain," Sandoval said.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.