The Braves sign reliever Nick Masset

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever Nick Masset.

Masset was DFA’d by the Marlins three days ago after making seven relief appearances in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and one walk while striking out five in eight and two-thirds innings. He had cleared waivers and elected free agency.

The last time the Braves had much to do with him was when he was on the other side of a plunking war with the Rockies last summer. The guy he plunked, though, got traded to the Astros over the winter, so no hard feelings.

The Braves made room on the 40-man roster for Massett by designating right-hander John Cornely for assignment. They made room for him on the 25-man roster by optioning Cody Martin to Triple-A.

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.