Printing money? Maybe the Yankees should print relief pitchers

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A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees.  It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion.

The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time. He went six and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out six.  Damaso Marte got Burnett out of a jam in the seventh, but then Joba Chamberlain came in for the eighth and allowed the tying run on a walk and a couple of hits. He left after the inning to a chorus of boos. Mariano Rivera did what he always does in the ninth — kept the other team off the board — but Dave Robertson and Chan Ho Park set fire to the place, allowing the Jays to plate five runs in the 11th.

So the story of the day could be Burnett, but it will likely be the bullpen.  Of course one thing it could also be: the Yankees’ unclutchiness. They have stranded runner after runner in this one. No way that they ever should have been playing extra innings.

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.