Must-click link: What happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?

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Joe Mauer is doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .312 with a league-leading .406 on-base percentage and limited power, but the Twins catcher has thrown out just 12 percent of stolen base attempts after coming into the season with a career rate of 35 percent.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down the video and the numbers to examine what’s going on with the three-time Gold Glove winner:

What has happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?

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.