Marlins “expressed interest” in unsigned Rafael Soriano

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Rafael Soriano is the last of the unsigned prominent free agents, but that may be changing.

On the heels of Miami removing the struggling Steve Cishek from the closer role, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins have “expressed interest” in Soriano and “there has been some dialogue between the team and agent Scott Boras.”

However, according to Frisaro the 35-year-old right-hander’s asking price remains high and “Soriano isn’t the only alternative as the Marlins frantically try to figure out what to do about locking down the final outs of games.”

Soriano has plenty of closing experience, including saving 32 games with a 3.19 ERA for the Nationals last season, but he lost the job in the second half and posted a 7.29 ERA in his final 23 appearances.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.