Umpire Ted Barrett shows us how to make the call on a catch in the stands

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Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh this afternoon. Eighth inning and Casey McGehee ranges into the stands to catch a foul ball.  Here’s the play.

A nice one on McGehee’s part, but a better one on umpire Ted Barrett’s.  Because he gets right over there and makes darn sure that McGehee has the ball:

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That’s how you do it, Mike DiMuro. Now, if you could just get a job with CNN, FOX or the Drudge Report and make sure they make the right calls, everything will be just fine.

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.