Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

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Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings.
He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the game with a 0.00 ERA, but the blown save kept Lincecum from joining Ubaldo Jimenez as the majors’ only 5-0 pitchers.
He’ll have to settle for being 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA, .175 opponents’ batting average, and 43/7 K/BB ratio in 35.1 innings. In winning his second straight Cy Young award last season Lincecum didn’t reach four victories until May 26.

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.