Jim Joyce scheduled to be the home plate umpire for Armando Galarraga's start tomorrow

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Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles.
Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed a ton of kindness in dealing with the entire situation, and the two later appeared together at the ESPY awards, but Joyce calling balls and strikes would still be pretty interesting.
Galarraga showed his usual class when asked yesterday about the possibility, saying: “It’s going to happen, anyway, sooner or later. It’ll be OK. He’ll do his job. I’ll do my job.”

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.