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Braves | 3B competition very close

The Atlanta Braves' third base competition between 3Bs Chris D. Johnson and Juan Francisco is too close to call statistically this spring. Francisco is 10-for-34 (.294) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and a .529 slugging percentage in 12 games and Johnson is 11-for-35 (.314) with a double, two homers, six RBIs and a .514 slugging percentage in 13 games. The team hasn't indicated if one player has the edge over the other. "Because that makes it a hard decision for us," he said. "If one's hitting .400 and one's hitting .050 then it's an easy decision. If it's a competitive nature, it's going to be one of those meetings for five hours to come up with the best solution. But I don't see any downside we can platoon them, or if somebody wins the job (outright) that means that guy is doing a good job…," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

2013-03-13 17:27:21 | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

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