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How do you keep score in baseball?

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To keep score in baseball, assign numbers to the defensive positions and abbreviations to the plays, make notes for all the plays, and total the numbers at the end of each inning. At the end of the game, combine the totals to calculate the score.

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  1. Assign numbers to the defensive positions

    Assign numbers one through nine to the following defensive positions in order: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. Use the designations during your scoring.

  2. Assign abbreviations for each play

    Note each type of play with an abbreviation: S for single, D for double, T for triple, HR for home run, SH for sacrifice, BB for walk, K for strikeout, SB for stolen base, E for error, L for line drive, B for bunt and U for unassisted.

  3. Note the plays

    When a batter gets a hit, note his play under the correct inning. Also make a note of which base he reaches. For example, indicate a single hit chased down by the first baseman with S3.

  4. Make notes for scores

    When a player scores, place a circle in the box corresponding to the inning. Inside the box, place the abbreviation for the play. Add the number hitter he is, such as the fifth, inside the circle.

  5. Mark the outs

    If a player gets out, note the hitter's number, a dash and the defensive player's number. So, if the third hitter gets thrown out by the left fielder, mark 3-7 under the correct inning.

  6. Total the scores

    At the conclusion of the inning, total the number of hits and runs. At the end of the game, combine the totals for each inning.

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