Phillies Chatter: Phree-Phalling Phillies Look to Rebound

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco's future with the Phillies is more tenuous than ever. He is trying not to think about it.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said last week that he is going to rotate Franco, J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery at third base for the foreseeable future. It is unclear how the playing time will be divided, but Crawford has started the past four games, including Sunday's series finale against the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. Kapler said Franco did not start Saturday against a left-hander because he had been sick. Still, Franco is no longer an everyday player, unless he suddenly catches fire in a part-time role and becomes impossible to keep out of the lineup.

"I mean, the only thing that I know is I have faith in me," Franco said. "That's the real truth."

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies recalled their series-salvaging victory through a thick haze inside their clubhouse Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

It seemed like the Phillies let their fog machine run a little longer following a 4-3 victory over the Brewers. They could be forgiven for that. They have not used their laser lights or fog machine much the past couple of weeks. They have celebrated only four victories since they moved into first place in the National League East on May 26. Sunday's victory snapped a four-game losing streak, improving them to just 4-10 since they held first for a day.

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