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Former Marlin Scott Cousins transitions to the Mound


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The Texas Rangers on Wednesday signed Scott Cousins to a minor-league contract, with a twist.


Cousins, 29, has appeared in 135 major-league games with Miami and the Los Angeles Angels, with starts at all the outfield positions. He was released from a minor-league contract by Boston on April 2.


Cousins the outfielder is no more. He will join the extended-spring-training team in Surprise, Ariz., to start the conversion to left-handed pitcher. Cousins has never pitched in a professional game.


Cousins is best-known for a play in 2011 in which he injured San Francisco catcher Buster Posey with a hard slide. That play triggered a push to lessen home-plate collisions. That was mandated by a rules change before this season.




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