Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Jose Fernandez starts have become must-see events for both casual and serious baseball fans.

The 21-year-old right-hander was again in fine form on Saturday night against the Padres, yielding just three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while using his upper-90s fastball and wicked-but-under-control slider to strike out eight Padres batters. Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Christian Yelich drove in one as the young Marlins grabbed a 5-0 victory over the Friars and moved to 5-1 on the year.

It’s ridiculously early, but the Fish currently hold the best run differential (+23) in the major leagues.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Twins 7, Indians 3

Reds 3, Mets 6

Yankees 0, Blue Jays 4

Phillies 2, Cubs 0

Orioles 6, Tigers 7

White Sox 3, Royals 4

Giants 7, Dodgers 2

Mariners 3, Athletics 1

Braves 6, Nationals 2

Cardinals 6, Pirates 1

Angels 5, Astros 1

Padres 0, Marlins 5

Rangers 4, Rays 5

Brewers 7, Red Sox 6 (11 innings)

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9

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.