Manager John Gibbons wanted to be cautious with Lawrie on a cool evening.
"His back flared up a little bit," Gibbons said. "I figured with [Casey] Janssen and [Adam] Lind being out, we don't need another guy going down. It's maybe a day thing." Francisco has played some third base, as well as first base. He started the evening hitting .242 with two homers and three runs batted in.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less