Diamondbacks release OF Francisco

Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – The Arizona Diamondbacks announced
they released veteran outfielder Ben Francisco on Sunday.

Francisco, 33, signed a minor league contract with Arizona in December. In six
spring training appearances, Francisco batted 1-for-9.

The seven-year big league veteran owns a .253 batting average and .323 on-base
percentage with 50 home runs in 563 career games for the Indians, Phillies,
Blue Jays, Astros, Rays and Yankees.

Francisco spent the 2014 season with Lancaster in the independent Atlantic
League and batted .242.