PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Juan Francisco sat on a bench in the visitors' locker room in Tradition Field, wearing a pair of Beats By Dre headphones and bobbing his head along as he intently watched a video on his iPad.
Francisco was taken out of his trance by Chris Johnson, the player with whom he's competing to be Chipper Jones replacement at third base. They smacked hands before Johnson walked out into the Florida sun.
Before the Braves arrived in Florida, manager Fredi Gonzalez was hoping one of the two would seize the job outright. But with another day of spring training complete, Atlanta seems no closer to any clarity at the position.
"It's going to be fun," Johnson said. "Juan can definitely play. I'm just trying to see if I can hang with him and give him a little competition."
He's done more than that.
Johnson has gotten off to a torrid start, hitting .421 (8 for 19) with two home runs, four RBI, including Monday's performance against the Mets, in which he went 3 for 3 w...