Dan Uggla stays hot, extends hitting streak to 25 games

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His season totals are still incredibly ugly because that’s what happens when you take a .173 batting average into mid-July, but Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 25 games this afternoon by going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.

During the 25-game streak Uggla is now 34-for-96 (.354) with 11 homers, five doubles, and 10 walks, raising his batting average from .173 to .215 and his OPS from .568 to .709.

He ranks sixth among NL hitters with 23 homers, although Uggla also leads the league in errors by a second baseman (12) and ranks fifth in outs made.

Still, it’s a helluva turnaround.

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.