Mariano Rivera plays long toss. No, he still isn’t coming back this year.

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Every time Mariano Rivera says or does something even moderately encouraging, the Yankees are quick to come out and say that he isn’t coming back this season. Today was no different.

According to Steven Miller of MLB.com, Rivera threw in the outfield at Yankee Stadium prior to tonight’s game against the Rangers. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told manager Joe Girardi that the all-time saves leader “looked pretty good” a little over two months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Still, Girardi tried his best to shoot down any speculation about a possible return this year.

“I don’t see it happening.”

“When you’re a baseball player and you can’t do the things you used to do, as soon as you can do it, you try it. That’s probably what Mo did.”

“Joey Buzzkill” has a better ring to it than “Binder Boy,” wouldn’t you say?

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.