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What’s on Tap: Previewing this afternoon’s action


Wednesday means day games and we’ve got seven of them this afternoon.

The Cubs and Padres day tilt is a makeup from the rainout the other night. They’ll go again at 8pm Eastern tonight. Beyond that there are some nice head-to-heads here, with the surprising Mat Latos taking on Cole Hamels. Chris Archer vs. Taijuan Walker is pretty spiffy as well. Maybe the best is Marcus Stroman vs. Madison Bumgarner. The Giants could use a stop from their stopper against a heating up Jays club.

Go home “sick” from work. Watch baseball.

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 1:05 PM EDT, Wrigley Field

Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson) @ Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes), 1:10 PM EDT, Target Field

Chicago White Sox (Mat Latos) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 2:05 PM EDT, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 2:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker), 3:40 PM EDT, Safeco Field

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner), AT&T Park

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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