Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results

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Sorry for the abbreviated recap this morning, folks, but some things came up this morning preventing a thorough going-over of the box scores, game stories and whatnot. It’ll be a normal day besides that. Just an early morning jam-up.

So, discuss yesterday’s amongst yourself. I’ll give you a topic: Could Yasiel Puig create a rock so big that He Himself could not lift it?

Nationals 6, Phillies 2
Yankees 6, Dodgers 4; Dodgers 6, Yankees 0
Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 1
Giants 4, Padres 2
Orioles 13, Tigers 3
Braves 5, Mets 3
Indians 6, Royals 3
Reds 2, Pirates 1
Blue Jays 5, Rockies 2
Cardinals 4, Cubs 1
Rays 6, Red Sox 2
Rangers 9, Athletics 4
Twins 7, White Sox 4
Brewers 3, Astros 1
Angels 1, Mariners 0

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.