Maikel Franco scores without touching home plate

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Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco got the benefit of the doubt from home plate umpire Will Little, scoring the first run of Thursday afternoon’s game in Los Angeles without ever actually touching home plate. Franco drew a one-out walk against Clayton Kershaw and moved up to second on a single from Nick Williams. With two outs, Jorge Alfaro lined a single to center field, bringing Franco towards the plate. As you can see in the following video, Franco didn’t come close to touching the plate, but got credit for it anyway.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t challenge the call, so Franco got away with one. How Little missed that is mind-boggling.

Braves sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s major league camp.

The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin was 61-53 with a 4.77 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin was 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five games with the Brewers this spring after joining the team on a minor league deal.

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