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Mariners claim Evan Marshall off waivers from Diamondbacks

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that the club claimed pitcher Evan Marshall off waivers from the Diamondbacks. To create space on the 40-man roster, pitcher Drew Smyly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Marshall, 26, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last Tuesday when the club claimed first baseman Christian Walker off waivers from the Reds. Marshall, one might recall, suffered a horrific injury in 2015 when he was struck in the head by a line drive. Thankfully, he recovered, but he struggled in 15 1/3 innings in the big leagues last year, finishing with an 8.80 ERA and a 9/8 K/BB ratio.

The Rangers would not let a player wear uniform No. 69

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If you’ve ever been a teenager — and if, like me, you’ve refused to grow up — you’ll know that the number 69 is a running joke, for reasons we don’t necessarily need to get into to preface this article.

Answering Rangers fans’ questions, Levi Weaver of WFAA Sports reports that a Rangers player asked about wearing uniform No. 69 but was told no, depriving baseball fans everywhere of yet another opportunity to respond “nice” to an otherwise innocent news item.

That’s just disappointing.

Mike Trout was confused by new intentional walk rule

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In late February, Major League Baseball officially announced the new intentional walk rule, which allowed managers to intentionally walk an opposing batter with a signal rather than instructing his pitcher to throw four pitches wide of the strike zone. The signal wasn’t invoked much in spring training, so we had to wait until April to see it in action. Understandably, it’s going to take some getting used to.

According to Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times, Angels center fielder Mike Trout was confused by the new rule during the eighth inning of Monday night’s season opener against the Athletics. Trout had doubled to bring Pujols to the plate. With first base open, Athletics manager Bob Melvin opted to intentionally walk Pujols, so he gave the signal.

Trout said, “I called timeout, got back to the bag, and when I looked up, he was on first base. It was different. He was laughing. I was laughing. It took me a little bit to figure out what happened. But that’s the way it’s going, I guess.”

The intentional walk worked in the Athletics’ favor as, after Pujols was given first base, C.J. Cron grounded out to end the inning. The Angels went on to lose 4-2.