Alfedo Aceves: “why don’t we hit?”

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Alfredo Aceves gave up eight runs in three and a third innings while walking four. So I’m sure this comment about Bartolo Colon getting calls he didn’t get and the Sox’ lack of offense was well-received by his teammates:

“Maybe his strike zone is not that small, for whatever reason,” Aceves said. “Also, we got our hacks. Why don’t we hit?”

Last night was probably his last start as John Lackey is poised to come off the disabled list. I’m struggling to think of anyone who might have a particular problem with that.

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.