Report: Padres will decide on interim manager within 24-48 hours

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The Padres fired manager Bud Black earlier today and have installed bench coach Dave Roberts as his temporary replacement. However, they are moving quickly to settle on an interim manager to lead the club for the remainder of the season:

According to Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said tonight that Roberts is among the internal candidates for the job. Pat Murphy, manager for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, will also be interviewed. In fact, Peter Gammons reports that he’s on his way to San Diego tonight.

You might recall that Craig Counsell wanted to add Murphy to his coaching staff after replacing Ron Roenicke as Brewers’ manager last month. The Padres wouldn’t let him go, which led to some speculation that he was being eyed as a potential replacement for Black.

The Padres enter play tonight at 32-33 on the year, six games behind the Dodgers in the National League West.

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.