Padres promote Pat Murphy to interim manager, replacing Bud Black

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Now we know why the Padres refused to grant the Brewers permission to have their Triple-A manager Pat Murphy join Craig Counsell’s overhauled MLB coaching staff last month: San Diego wanted to keep Murphy around to replace Bud Black.

Murphy has been named the Padres’ interim manager, stepping into the job after Black was fired in the middle of his ninth season. Black hasn’t had a winning record since 2010 and had an overall winning percentage of .477 in San Diego, but the front office overhauling the roster to create big and ultimately unrealistic expectations likely led to his taking the fall.

Murphy was Arizona State’s coach from 1995-2009, when he resigned amid NCAA investigations and took a job with the Padres. And now he is San Diego’s manager, at least through the end of this season.

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.