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Nick Franklin exits after two innings, goes on 7-day concussion DL

Aug
19

Kiermaier smacked the back of Franklin’s head with a bat when Franklin bent to grab some pine tar in the on-deck circle before leading off the first inning Wednesday against San Diego. Kiermaier was stretching a few feet in front of Franklin, swinging the bat over his head with one arm. Franklin was wearing a helmet.

Franklin drew a walk and scored in the first inning Wednesday before leaving with a head bruise. He passed concussion tests Wednesday and Friday.

Tampa Bay had a day off Thursday.

CINCINNATI — Michael Lorenzen could barely make it to the plate after recording the third out of his first inning following the death of his father.

Once he got there, he made it count. The Cincinnati reliever hit a three-run homer to cap the Reds’ 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

“Even after the third out of my first inning, I needed to go back into the bathroom because I broke down,” said Lorenzen, activated from the bereavement list before the game. “There were some teammates who helped me out, and I was able to go out and hit.”

Joey Votto also hit a three-run homer as the Reds snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Dodgers.

Tim Adleman pitched into and out of trouble in his first start since May 19 and added his first career hit and runs batted in as the Reds matched their season high with a fourth consecutive win and first against the Dodgers since Aug 13, 2015.

Los Angeles hit four balls to the outfield wall, but three were caught for outs in Adleman’s five scoreless innings. Adleman (2-1), who was sidelined because of a strained left oblique, gave up five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit Joc Pederson twice with pitches.

The Dodgers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against Adleman, leaving runners on third four times.

“That was tough,” he said. “We were sitting pretty good. That went from feeling pretty good to feeling rotten pretty quick.”

Mike Napoli hit an RBI single in the sixth for Cleveland.

Toronto played without third baseman Josh Donaldson (jammed right thumb) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (sore calf).

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays utility man Nick Franklin has been placed on the seven-day concussion list after briefly playing in Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

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