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Red Sox set club record with 106th regular season win


The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 6-2 on Monday, earning their 106th victory of the season. That’s a new franchise record, surpassing 105 wins in 1912.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start, fanning 10 batters while yielding only one run on four hits with no walks over five innings. MVP candidate Mookie Betts homered again, drilling a two-run homer off of Dylan Bundy as part of a four-run second inning.

The Red Sox have wrapped up the AL East and clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only thing left for them to do is to get ready for the postseason. In the ALDS, they will face the winner of the Yankees-Athletics AL Wild Card game (the home team in this matchup has yet to be determined, as the Yankees lead by only two games).

In the final week of the season, the Red Sox have two more games with the Orioles and three with the Yankees. It is feasible that they get to 110 wins. If they do, it will be just the seventh 110-plus-win season in baseball history. The others: 1906 Cubs (116-36), 1909 Pirates (110-42), 1927 Yankees (110-44), 1954 Indians (111-43), 1998 Yankees (114-48), 2001 Mariners (116-46).

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. While no contract terms have been revealed, a formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.