Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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It is September 11. On this date 10 years ago, I was in freshman-year study hall at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri, fighting for one of the few comfortable chairs in my high school library.

I wanted to take a nap. Or read a magazine. Or watch Sportscenter. I don’t quite remember.

Upperclassmen soon began streaming into the room, telling us freshmen to first “get the f@&k out of the padded chairs” and second to “put on the damn news.” A plane had accidentally struck one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

I remember being more confused than terrified as the tragedy played out on the television screen in front of us. I left the library after a few hours had passed and headed late to physics class. Our principal read us a prayer over the intercom around lunchtime before asking that all television sets be turned off. Every teacher in the school disobeyed. We all had questions. And I think we all felt affected. Neither of those has changed.

Your Saturday box scores:

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 5

Cubs 5, Mets 4

Indians 3, White Sox 7 (10 innings)

Reds 7, Rockies 12

Astros 9, Nationals 3

Twins 2, Tigers 3

Athletics 8, Rangers 7

Marlins 3, Pirates 0

Phillies 3, Brewers 2 (10 innings)

Braves 3, Cardinals 4

Red Sox 5, Rays 6 (11 innings)

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 6 (10 innings)

Yankees 0, Angels 6

Dodgers 3, Giants 0

Royals 4, Mariners 2

Mariners claim Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Angels

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The Mariners announced that the club claimed Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels. Interestingly, the Mariners list Cowart as both an outfielder and a right-handed pitcher. Cowart has never pitched professionally, but the Mariners will try him as a two-way player next season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cowart was a highly regarded pitcher in high school.

Cowart, 26, has played all over the field, spending most of his time at third base and second base, but also logging a handful of innings at first base, shortstop, and left field.  He hasn’t hit much at all, owning a career .177/.241/.293 triple-slash line across 380 plate appearances in the big leagues. It makes sense to try another angle.

Shohei Ohtani, of course, is helping to popularize the rebirth of the two-way player. In his first year in the majors after having played in Japan for five years, Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year Award by posting a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances along with a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts. Don’t expect Cowart to hit those lofty numbers, but additional versatility could prolong his life in the majors.