The Diamondbacks are taking control in the NL West

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Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter.  Bruce Bochy referred to the loss as the low point of the Giants’ season. It’s hard to disagree.

The upshot: Arizona now has a five game lead in the NL West. As Nick Piecoro points out in the Arizona Republic, it’s the Dbacks’ biggest division lead since June 15th 2008.

The two teams play a three-game series this weekend in San Francisco.  If their relative trajectories don’t change, the Dbacks could secure the division by Sunday evening.

Which we all saw coming back in March, right?

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.