Pablo Sandoval’s dieting tips

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After eating his way out of a starting job last season Pablo Sandoval has shed 20-30 pounds this winter, posting a picture of his slimmed-down self over the weekend that shows him looking like a new man.

That led to a bunch of his Twitter followers asking Sandoval how he lost the weight, so he posted the following dieting tips:

Many fallowers asking me obout the diet…here we go! low carbohydrate and high protein, small quantities, 5 times a day…and trainning 6 days for week

I didn’t edit any of the spelling, because that’s part of Sandoval’s charm on Twitter. He’s been responding to messages from fans while thanking them for being “a great inspiration to keep it up and trainning hard.”

As a fat guy who’s lost 50-plus pounds several times during the past five years only to gain it all back each time, I’m definitely rooting for Sandoval. He’s too talented and too amusing to let food ruin his career.

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.