Ryan Braun had himself a pretty good night last night, but Matt Kemp is still going strong.
Bolstering his case for National League MVP, Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in last night’s 2-0 win over the Padres. The home run was his 37th of the season, tying him with Albert Pujols for the National League lead. He currently leads the league with 119 RBI, which is six more than Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder.
The triple crown is still a very real possibility, but the batting title will be the most interesting thing to watch over the final few games of the season. As of this morning, Jose Reyes (.32948) holds a slim advantage over Braun (.32909) and Kemp (.32586).
Your Friday box scores:
Dodgers 2, Padres 0
Reds 3, Pirates 4
Braves 7, Nationals 4
Orioles 3, Tigers 4 (11 innings)
Twins 5, Indians 6
Rockies 2, Astros 11
Blue Jays 5, Rays 1
Marlins 1, Brewers 4
Mariners 3, Rangers 5
Royals 11, White Sox 1
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1
Giants 1, Diamondbacks 3
Athletics 3, Angels 1
Phillies and Mets – PPD
Red Sox and Yankees – PPD
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.