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Pablo Sandoval says he’s ‘happy with the decision’ to start Travis Shaw

"It’s the right decision to help the team win," Sandoval said.

After Pablo Sandoval lost his job at third base, he said he's "happy" with the decision. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

Pablo Sandoval lost his job as starting third baseman to Travis Shaw on Thursday. Sandoval, now a backup with a $95 million deal, shared his thoughts on Red Sox manager John Farrell’s decision to bench him for Opening Day.

“We talked about it. I’m happy with the decision,” Sandoval said, via WEEI.com. “They made the decision. It’s the right decision to help the team win. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be ready on the bench, get ready for anything. I’m going to get ready during the season to do my job.”

Sandoval added: “I just look at it as what is best for the team. I don’t look at it in a selfish place. I look at it what is best for the team. If it is going to help win for the team, I’m happy.”

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Farrell said defensive ability affected his decision to start Shaw over Sandoval, as Panda finished spring training with four errors. He also injured his back while attempting to make a diving catch on March 22, which did not alleviate the criticism surrounding his physical condition.

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