Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

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White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night.
Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of the Twins who provided a potential opportunity for brawling by attempting to run over White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a not-so-close play at the plate in the eighth inning.
Young took off for home on a ground ball and was thrown out by a solid 10 feet, but instead of sliding or going for a standard body-to-body collision he went high on Pierzynski without ever really making a move toward the actual plate.
Neither player has a reputation for being particularly easy to deal with, yet amazingly they retreated to their respective corners without further incident and neither bench emptied. However, it’s a pretty safe bet that Young will (coincidentally, I’m sure) be hit by a pitch in Game 2 tonight, which technically gives the Twins a head start in the Win Probability department since we can safely assume he’ll be on base at least once.

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.