No "Joba Rules" for the playoffs

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Joba Chamberlain is getting seven days’ rest and will miss the Red Sox series next weekend, but don’t expect any soft treatment of him come October.  According to Joe Girardi, come playoff time, the Joba Rules will probably be waived, and it be “all hands on deck.”

Whether the rules even last that long, however, probably depends on (a) how ugly Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre’s starts are; and (b) whether the Sox or the Rays decide to try and make a race out of the division.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.