Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/12
Jeff Francoeur will be back in the Kansas City Royals' lineup Friday for the first time since in six days. Francoeur, who is in a 5-for-49 (.102) slump, was used as a pinch runner Thursday night in Kansas City's 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was Francoeur's only game action since starting Saturday at Seattle. Manager Ned Yost said Francoeur would be in the lineup for the Friday series opener against the Texas Rangers and left-hander Matt Harrison. Yost did not say he is ready to platoon Francoeur with left-handed-hitting Jarrod Dyson, who has started the past four games and has hit safely in each of them. Yost, however, did make it clear Francoeur needs to start producing better. "The thing about this game, in order to be successful, you've got to be productive," Yost said. "If production is not there, then, yeah, it could become a platoon situation. I don't think we're there yet." The Royals signed Francoeur to a two-year contract extension last ...
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