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Edwin Jackson pitches for 14th team, sets new record

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Edwin Jackson made his Blue Jays debut on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, four days after the club acquired him from the Athletics. In doing so, he suited up for his 14th different major league team, setting a new record.

Jackson had previously been tied with reliever Octavio Dotel, having pitched for 13 different teams each. Jackson was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. He would go on to pitch for the Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles before joining the A’s last year.

Jackson, 35, hadn’t pitched in the majors this year, but made a start with High-A Stockton and two with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Athletics’ organization prior to the trade. He was quite good for the A’s last year, though, posting a 3.33 ERA in 92 innings spanning 17 starts. The rebuilding Blue Jays don’t necessarily care whether or not Jackson can revisit that success; they’re more interested in his ability to soak up innings throughout the year.

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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