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Giancarlo Stanton has now homered in six consecutive games

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t appear to be cooling down anytime soon. The Home Run Derby participant has had an otherworldly second half thus far, entering Tuesday’s action with a .302 average and 17 home runs in 126 plate appearances since the All-Star break. He has homered in five consecutive games.

Make that six. The slugger mashed a 0-1 Madison Bumgarner cut fastball to deep left-center for a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, tying the game at two apiece. It’s major league-leading homer No. 44 for Stanton on the season.

The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Stanton, by the way, is now on pace for over 60 home runs. Entering Tuesday, he was on pace for 60 if you round up from 59.53. No need for rounding now.

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.