Angels pick up GM Jerry Dipoto’s option for 2015

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Last year at this time Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on the hot seat, but now with the team in first place and headed for a 15-20 game improvement owner Arte Moreno has picked up his 2015 option.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Dipoto actually got the news in July, but decided to keep things quiet. His contract also includes a team option for 2016, but that has not been picked up yet.

Dipoto took over for Tony Reagins in October of 2011 after previously serving as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM.  His big free agent signings (Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson) haven’t really worked out, but having Mike Trout–who was drafted in 2009–around makes up for a lot of that and the Angels have a 251-212 (.542) record under his control.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.