On Thursday, Mackanin hit the struggling Maikel Franco seventh, a spot the third baseman had not batted in since Sept. 28, 2014. Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs. Meanwhile, Odubel Herrera went 0-for-4. He is hitting .242 with a .298 on-base percentage.
"It doesn't really matter where I'm hitting," said Franco, who is batting .216 with a .282 OBP. "I just try to do my best. Sometimes it's tough, sometimes it's hard. But I just go out there with the same mentality [of] what I can do to help my team."
And what's up with Herrera?
"He has to be a little bit more disciplined," Mackanin said. "I don't think he's seeing the ball well for some reason. He might be over-swinging. That's probably part of it."
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