And in Atlanta, we have our first “we’re all hungover” lineup of September

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I love lineups the day after someone clinches a division title. Most if not all of the regulars are given the day off, partially as a reward, partially because you know they drank their weight in champagne the night before. Especially if they’re on the road and didn’t have to do things like drive automobiles, take the dog out for a morning walk or otherwise be functioning adults before the game.

Today in Atlanta I give you the Washington Nationals’ post-clinch lineup:

1. Michael Taylor, CF
2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
3. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
4. Tyler Moore, 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
6. Steven Souza, LF
7. Jeff Kobernus, 2B
8. Sandy Leon, C
9. Blake Treinen, SP

There are no regulars. Not even the starting pitcher.

If you’re the sort who bets on baseball games, you may be thinking it’s a good day to bet on the Braves. To that I’d say, well, you may be underestimating the Braves’ commitment to their increasingly typical September collapse, so bet carefully.

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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