Brad Ausmus, former manager of the Detroit Tigers and a special assistant to the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, was named on Sunday to be the new field manager of the Halos.
Ausmus will replace Mike Scioscia, who managed the Angels for 19 seasons. Scioscia retired after the Halos finished 80-82 for their third straight losing season. He led them to the team’s only World Series title (2002) and posted a 1650-1428 (.536) record in that post.
Ausmus, 49, managed the Tigers for four years (2014-17), posting an overall 314-332 record (a winning percentage of .486). His teams made one playoff appearance.
As a player, he served with six teams, including the Tigers (twice) and the Los Angeles Dodgers. A catcher, he batted .251 lifetime with 80 home runs and 607 runs batted in.
L.A. teams win big and small
The two local NFL teams each posted wins on Sunday, one by a slim margin and the other by a landslide. The Los Angeles Chargers, playing in London, defeated the Tennessee Titans 20-19 behind Philip Rivers 306 passing yards, which included two scores. The win improved the Chargers’ record to 5-2.
In Santa Clara, the Rams blasted the San Francisco 49ers 39-10. QB Jared Goff threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while Todd Gurley scored three times, twice on runs and once on a pass from Goff. The Rams are now 7-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL.
The Chargers are second in the AFC West (behind the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs) while the Rams lead the NFC West with a 3.5-game lead in that division over the Seattle Seahawks (3-3).
Ducks drops second straight
The Anaheim Ducks suffered their second straight loss Sunday night, falling 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres at Honda Center in Anaheim. Kiefer Sherwood and Sam Steel scored for the Ducks, who saw their record fall to 5-3-1 (11 points). Despite the loss, they remain atop of the NHL Pacific, one point ahead of the Calgary Flames (5-3, 10 points).