Help set a world record with the Texas Rangers

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Look, this isn’t a top shelf record like “fattest twins” or “most cigarettes smoked at one time” — and Robert Wadlow has nothing to worry about — but a place in the Guinness Book is a place in the Guinness Book:

Seventeen years after the Canadian singer released his hit song “Sunglasses at Night,” the Rangers are making an ’80s stylish attempt at getting into the Guinness Book of World Records on Tuesday night.  Fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros will be asked to don sunglasses at the end of the sixth inning and wear them for 10 minutes in an attempt to set a world record for the “Most People Wearing Sunglasses … in the Dark.”

Look, it’s the Astros in town. They can be excused for trying to drum up some outside interest in the game, OK?

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.