OK, this is getting silly: Molina with a dinger; David Price is getting rocked

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Bengie Molina hadn’t hit a home run since the middle of July, but he just went deep off David Price. That, combined with his earlier RBI single, Francoeur’s double and a Nelson Cruz moon-shot homer makes it 4-0 Rangers entering the 5th.

David Price has not had many outings like this. In fact, Price has only given up four runs in a start three other times this season.  The whuppin’ sticks, they are out.

And while I have your attention: while the HBT crew is obviously posting like mad this postseason, mere posts can’t contain us.  We’re all on Twitter too, and if you’re looking for snark and observations that may not be completely blog post worthy but are still worth your while, follow us on Twitter, thusly:

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And of course, to get constant Twitter updates of all of the HBT posts, follow @HardballTalk.  It’s mostly a feed, but sometimes it achieves sentience and says silly things.

Now, back to watching improbably Rangers hitters come up big.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.