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Video: Maikel Franco causes game delay when his bat gets stuck in the netting

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Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a tough time squaring up Braves starter R.A. Dickey on Thursday evening. In the top of the fifth inning, with a 2-1 count, Franco flailed at a knuckleball and lost control of the bat, sending it towards the crowd near the visiting dugout. Thankfully, there was protective netting and the bat didn’t strike any fans.

Only one problem: the bat got stuck in the protective netting. The game was delayed as a member of the Braves’ grounds crew tried to get the bat down. Ultimately, he succeeded and play resumed.

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Franco finished the at-bat by lining out to Ender Inciarte in center field. He’d get revenge in the seventh, knocking in the Phillies’ first run with a single to right field off of Dickey.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.