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Pablo Sandoval ready to ‘smile and keep walking’ after heated incident with reporter

Sandoval slammed his bat, and asked a reporter to get away from his locker.

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval knocks down a ball at third base. Leon Halip/Getty Images

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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval says he has moved on from a heated exchange with a reporter in the clubhouse that took place on Tuesday.

“I am still happy,’’ Sandoval told reporters Wednesday, via MLB.com. “That happened yesterday. That’s it. It’s past. Today is a new day. Why are we going to talk about it?’’

According to Sporting News, Sandoval’s frustration earlier this week stemmed from a MassLive.com article on his “declining defense.’’

Here’s a description of the incident that, via MLB.com:

Perhaps that started to take a toll on Tuesday, when Sandoval slammed his bat against a table in the middle of the clubhouse and then asked the reporter he was upset with to get away from his locker.

Through Thursday, Sandoval was hitting .208/.208/.458 in spring training. As was the case during his first spring training with Boston, his weight has been a topic of discussion since he arrived in Fort Myers.

“It’s going to be that way every single day,’’ Sandoval said of the pressure of playing in Boston. “Just smile and keep walking. Nothing you can do.’’

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