Bryce Harper hit one a country kilometer in Toronto last night, offered a great quote

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Bryce Harper hit his seventh homer of the season last night, and it was a doozy.  Watch it here.

It was listed at 438 feet, but it was way high when it hit that sign next to the restaurant level and would have had a lot more distance in it if it had been able to fly free. All the more impressive: he had to reach out a little to get to that breaking ball, which could have sapped some of his power.

And the legend grows.  And if the homer wasn’t enough to make the legend grow, his response to a reporter’s question did.

He was asked after the game if — because it’s legal for 19 year-olds to drink in Canada — he was going to go get a celebratory beer.  His response:  “That’s a clown question, bro.”

So, so good. And if you think I’m not gonna beat that one into the ground over the next few weeks you’re simply not familiar with my work.

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.