It’s Scutaro overload night on HBT.
Check out the outstanding flip to start a double play in the bottom of the sixth and help Boston hold on to a 3-2 lead Wednesday against the Orioles.
Dustin Pedroia’s effort is also worthy of note. The Red Sox got out with their lead intact even though Jon Lester walked three batters in the inning.
Unfortunately, it looks like this will be our last Marco moment for a bit. The Red Sox and Orioles have gone to a rain delay before the bottom of the seventh. It’s decent timing for Boston, since Lester was coming out anyway. It’s 3-2 Boston, with the Red Sox needing nine more outs.
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.