Yankee Stadium: lots of dingers, but not "Coors East"

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Mel Antonen of USA Today has an article up about all of the homers flying out of Yankee Stadium:

Indeed, two months into the season the most expensive stadium ever
built is being tormented by unpredictable winds and beset by a chaotic
debate over whether the home runs there are the cheapest aspect of the
$1.5 billion ballpark. “There’s no doubt that the new Yankee Stadium
has taken over as the best hitters’ park in baseball,” Baltimore
Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff says. “Someone’s going to hit 90 home
runs there.”

And, yes, by any measure the homers are up. But that’s not the whole
story. That’s because while the homers are up in dramatic fashion,
overall offense, while up as well, is not up in nearly as dramatically.
As Replacement Level Yankees’ Weblog noted last week,
Yankee Stadium’s park factor on the young season is 106, which favors
offense. Fenway Park’s park factor over the past five seasons is . . .
106.

Granted, it’s painfully early to be talking park effects — guys who
know more about these things than I do tend to want at least three
years of data before making anything approaching a definitive
conclusion — but helping to to put the numbers in perspective, Coors
Field’s lowest ever
park factor was 107, and for years sported park factors between 108 and
129, which made for a substantially more offense-friendly environment
than anything we’re seeing in New York.

I don’t suppose that makes the guys giving up the dingers any
happier, but it does put lie to the claim that Yankee Stadium is “Coors
East.”

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.