Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Pirates stayed within a game of the first-place Brewers last night with a thrilling 7-4 win over the Cubs. They took the lead on a go-ahead three-run homer by catcher Michael McKenry off Carlos Marmol in the bottom of the eighth inning. And if McKenry’s name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t feel too bad. It was the first home run of his major league career.

Prominent All-Star snub Andrew McCutchen also homered in the victory while Joel Hanrahan pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 26th save in 26 chances.

Who knows how long they can keep this up, but it’s pretty cool to see that the Pirates are at least relevant in July.

Your Friday box scores:

Cubs 4, Pirates 7

Rockies 3, Nationals 2

Braves 2, Phillies 3

Blue Jays 11, Indians 7 

Orioles 3, Red Sox 10

Astros 3, Marlins 6

Athletics 5, Rangers 8

Reds 7, Brewers 8

Twins 8, White Sox 5

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6

Tigers 6, Royals 4

Padres 0, Dodgers 1

Mariners 3, Angels 4

Mets 5, Giants 2

Rays vs. Yankees: POSTPONED

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.