Billy Butler made me cry this morning

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Gettin’ a little misty in Chez Shyster. A tweet from the Royals’ Billy Butler a few minutes ago:

Didn’t get the win
in the end but I’m glad my Grandpa Butler got to watch me one last
time on TV. RIP grandpa. I i love ya & will miss ya.

Grandpa Butler left the Earth after seeing his grandson hit a two-out two-run single off one of the best pitchers in baseball in front of a packed house.

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.