The Orioles announce their ALDS roster: welcome to the playoffs Ubaldo Jimenez

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Buck Showalter released his ALDS roster today. Surprise: Ubaldo Jimenez is on it, pretty much certainly as a long reliever. He took the place, one presumes, of either Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland, leaving the O’s with only two lefties in the pen. Which can work, I suppose, given that the Tigers’ big threats, especially off the bench, are right-handed.

Catchers
Caleb Joseph, Nick Hundley

Infielders
Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Kelly Johnson, Jimmy Paredes

Outfielders
Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Alejandro De Aza, David Lough, Delmon Young

Starting Pitchers
Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris

Relief Pitchers
Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Andrew Miller, Tommy Hunter, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Ubaldo Jimenez

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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