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Braves cut Franco, demote Ascanio to clear roster spots

Updated: August 1, 2007, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves cleared roster spots for newly acquired relievers Octavio Dotel and Ron Mahay by cutting first baseman Julio Franco and demoting right-handed reliever Jose Ascanio on Wednesday.

Franco was the tough decision for manager Bobby Cox. The 48-year-old Franco was signed by the Braves on July 18 after he was designated for assignment by the New York Mets on July 12.

Franco hit .250 with seven RBIs in 11 games with Atlanta. If Franco is not signed by another team, ...

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