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Indians defeat Orioles to run winning streak to 18 games

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Trevor Bauer pitched 6 1/3 effective innings against the Orioles on Sunday night, helping the Indians extend their winning streak to 18 games. The Indians won 3-2 as the bullpen pitched in to collect the final eight outs.

Jose Ramirez opened the scoring with an RBI ground out in the first inning against O’s starter Jeremy Hellickson. Neither team would score again until the top of the sixth, when the O’s tied things at one apiece with Jonathan Schoop‘s RBI single. The Indians pulled ahead for good in the bottom half of the sixth as Roberto Perez and Francisco Lindor each hit solo home runs off of Hellickson. Chris Davis tried to pull the Orioles back with a solo homer of his own in the top of the seventh, but it would just barely be not enough.

Joe Smith, Tyler Olson, Nick Goody, and Cody Allen combined to blank the Orioles once Bauer exited.

The Indians are now two games shy of matching the Athletics’ record 20-game winning streak set in 2002.

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.