Dillon Gee moves to 7-0 as Mets beat Pirates 8-1

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Maybe it’s not quite the same as starting a career 7-0, but Dillon Gee’s win tonight made him the first rookie to open a season 7-0 since Jered Weaver won nine in a row for the Angels after debuting in 2006.

Gee limited the Pirates to one run in a career-high eight innings as part of New York’s 8-1 victory. The Mets improved to 9-0 in his starts their season.  They’re 22-32 the rest of the time.

Gee went 2-2 after debuting last September, so he’s not perfect for his career.  However, he is technically a rookie and he’d surely be the choice for NL Rookie of the Year honors if the balloting were held today.  He has a 3.05 ERA in 62 innings for the season.  Excluding his three relief appearances, he’s at 2.67 in his nine starts.

Supporting Gee tonight were Jose Reyes, who went 3-for-5 and hit his second homer, and Angel Pagan, who tripled and doubled.  The Mets roughed up another one of the NL’s biggest surprises in Charlie Morton, sending him to the showers with his worst start of the season; he gave up seven runs — six earned — in four 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.