Red Sox get their World Series rings in a special pregame ceremony

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The Red Sox’ home opener is today and before the game they were presented with their World Series rings. But it wasn’t just the ordinary presentation with the team owner giving them their jewelry. The rings were carried out on to the field by people associated with the Marathon bombing last year. Families of victims, firefighters and other first responders.

Say what you want about the Red Sox, but they do a fantastic job of connecting with their community in meaningful ways. There is just not a team that any closer of a relationship with its city than do the Red Sox. Just makes moments like this pretty perfect.

And, for the record, here are the rings:

Not exactly understated, but compared to the World Series banner they unveiled before the game it’s practically reserved:

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.