Garrett Richards pitched a nine-strike, three strikeout inning last night

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Justin Masterson did it two days ago, now Garrett Richards has done it. Nine pitches. Nine strikes. It went down in the second inning of last night’s Angels-Astros game. Five of the nine were swinging strikes, and two of the three strikes threes were swinging. Watch:

Fun times. Funner times: the Angels beat the Astros 4-0.

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.