Report: Angels pick up GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for 2016

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels exercised GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for the 2016 season two or three months ago. As Gonzalez details, DiPoto’s contract was for three years and included options for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. There have not been any discussions yet about extending him beyond the 2016 season.

The Angels, since DiPoto took over after the 2011 season, have gone 295-251. They made the postseason last year with a 98-64 record, but were swept out of the ALDS by the Wild Card-winning and eventual AL champion Royals.

DiPoto’s tenure also includes the signing of outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract in December 2012. Hamilton hit a paltry .255/.316/.426 with 31 home runs and 123 RBI in 1,017 PA with the Angels. Hamilton dealt with a drug relapse, which caused DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno to publicly criticize Hamilton before sending him to the Rangers in late April in a cash transaction.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.