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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Steps out of lineup

Franco is not in the lineup Friday's game against the Phillies, Bobby Blanco of MASN Nationals reports. Franco is 3-for-27 with a run and a stolen base since the All-Star break and will head to the bench Friday for the second time in the past three games. Ildemaro Vargas will start at the hot corner and could see more consistent playing time going forward given Franco's struggles.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Collects first steal of season

Franco went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Phillies. The 29-year-old stayed right on schedule in the stolen base department -- Franco's never swiped more than one bag in a season, but he's recorded that one steal in every even-numbered year since 2016 while skipping the odd-numbered years in between. His .598 OPS is the worst mark of his career, however, and he's found himself on the bench for five of the last 11 games as a result. As the Nationals add more young infielders like CJ Abrams to the roster down the stretch, Franco's playing time could dwindle even further.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Sitting again Sunday

Franco is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Cardinals. Franco is 2-for-18 with five strikeouts since the All-Star break and will head to the bench Sunday for the fourth time in the past seven games. Ehire Adrianza will receive another start at the hot corner for the Nationals.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Heads to bench Friday

Franco is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals. Franco has a .439 OPS through 17 games in July and will take a seat Friday for the third time in Washington's past five contests. Ehire Adrianza will receive another start at the hot corner, though his .537 OPS in July hardly gives him much of an edge for playing time over Franco.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Riding pine Monday

Franco isn't starting Monday against the Dodgers. Franco went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts over the two games following the All-Star break, but he'll be held out of the starting nine for a second consecutive matchup Monday. Ehire Adrianza is starting at third base and batting eighth.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Swats eighth homer

Franco went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to Atlanta. With the Nationals down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Franco made things interesting by taking Atlanta closer Kenley Jansen deep for a solo shot, but the comeback fell short. It was Franco's first homer in July and eighth of the year to go along with a poor .234/.264/.359 slash line through 84 games, but Washington's lack of alternatives at the hot corner should keep the 29-year-old in the lineup.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Not in lineup for Game 2

Franco isn't starting the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Franco started in the first game of the doubleheader and went 0-for-2 during the loss. He'll get a breather while Ehire Adrianza starts at the hot corner and bats seventh.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Riding pine Wednesday

Franco isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Phillies. Franco is getting a day off after he went 1-for-15 with a run, two walks and four strikeouts over the last five games. Ehire Adrianza will take over at the hot corner and bat eighth.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Slugs game-winning homer

Franco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. Franco delivered the game's most decisive play in the eighth inning, when he took reliever Chris Stratton deep with two outs to give Washington the lead. He'll make his third straight start Tuesday, covering third base while batting fifth.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Takes seat Saturday

Franco isn't starting Saturday against the Rangers, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Franco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during Friday's win over Texas, and he'll be held out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Ehire Adrianza is starting at the hot corner and batting ninth.
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Maikel Franco, Nationals salvage final game against Phillies

Maikel Franco drove in three runs against his former team Sunday, as the Washington Nationals avoided being swept at home in a five-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Franco got the scoring started against Zach Eflin in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single. The big blow...
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Homers in victory

Franco went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, two walks and a run in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Phillies. Franco recorded his second multi-hit performance in the last three games while also homering for the first time since June 10. The 29-year-old has struggled to produce runs recently, as he had just one RBI and no runs over the nine games leading up to Sunday's win. He's maintained consistent playing time, but Alcides Escobar (hamstring) will likely see some at-bats once he's ultimately cleared to return.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: On bench Wednesday

Franco isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins. Franco is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak in which he's hit .387 with a homer, a double, four runs and four RBI, but he'll rest during Wednesday's matchup. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner and bat eighth.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Three hits in loss to Colorado

Franco went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Rockies. The veteran third baseman is on a bit of a tear, posting five multi-hit performances over the last 12 games and slashing .306/.333/.449 with a homer, four doubles, four RBI and six runs. Franco has credited an improved offseason diet and routine for his rebound from a career-worst 2021 campaign, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports, and the 29-year-old has lost over 25 pounds from last year's playing weight. "I feel great about it," Franco said. "The way that I look, the way that I play is different. I feel like I always have more energy. It's been great so far."
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Swats second homer

Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Giants. The veteran third baseman took Yunior Marte deep in the eighth inning for the Nationals' only run of the night. Franco has had a decent start to his tenure with Washington, slashing .263/.295/.421 through 16 games with two homers and 10 RBI.
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Maikel Franco has monster night for Nationals in win over Braves

While much of the discussion surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies over the last 12 hours has pertained to Alec Bohm’s wild night in a comeback win over the New York Mets, the man who amounts to his predecessor at third base had a noteworthy performance of his own Monday night.
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Maikel Franco, Washington Nationals rout Braves 11-2

The Washington Nationals out-hit and out-pitched the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Atlanta Braves fans in attendance at Monday’s game got their very own World Series rings to take home and show off to their friends and family. It’s not quite as fancy as the ones players and coaches received, but it is something you’ll definitely want to add to your Braves’ memorabilia collection.
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Nationals' Maikel Franco: Added to roster

The Nationals selected Franco's contract ahead of Thursday's season opener versus the Mets. The transaction is merely procedural, as it became apparent Franco would begin the season as Washington's everyday third baseman early in spring training, when Carter Kieboom suffered a forearm injury that will likely sideline him for multiple months. Franco solidified the job by provided three extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- across 12 Grapefruit League games, and he could be a solid source of power while he's locked into a full-time role for the Nationals. The 29-year-old offers little fantasy appeal beyond his power numbers, however, since he's a lifetime .246 hitter and has recorded only four stolen bases over 820 career big-league games.
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