Phillies' Maikel Franco: Batting seventh Thursday

Franco is hitting seventh Thursday, the lowest spot he's occupied in the Phillies' lineup since his 2014 rookie season, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The promising third baseman is scuffling to a .213/.283/.360 line in his first 152 plate appearances of 2017. Franco has just one home run since April 26 but has the skill set, especially for power, to pay off if an intrepid fantasy owners wants to buy low.

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