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Scott Cousins claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

         Outfielder Scott Cousins, perhaps best known as a Marlin for his home plate collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey in 2011, was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marlins also lost right-handed reliever Sandy Rosario on a waiver claim by the Boston Red Sox.

          CousinsCousins, the Marlins' third-round pick in 2006, was vilified by some Giants fans after his hard -- but within-the-rules -- collision with the All-Star catcher in San Francisco in May, 2011. Posey broke his leg and missed the rest of the season, and Cousins received hate mail and death threats.

         The outfielder never could get on track after that, going just 1 for 13 at the plate following the collision and ending the season on the disabled list with a back injury. Cousins hit just .163 this season for the Marlins, with three of his total 14 hits coming in one game at Tampa Bay in June. Overall, Cousins hit .231 with two home runs in parts of three seasons with the Marlins.

         Rosario had an ERA of 15.26 in 10 career relief appearances for the Marlins.

         The Marlins also announced on Wednesday that infielders Donnie Murphy, Nick Green and Gil Velazquez were outrighted to Triple A New Orleans.

         With the moves, the Marlins now have five openings on the 40-man roster.  

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