Torii Hunter Jr. commits to play football at Notre Dame

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Torii Hunter’s son, Torii Hunter Jr., is one of the top high school football players in the country and the wide receiver from Prosper, Texas has committed to play for Notre Dame.

Hunter Jr. made the announcement last night after attending Notre Dame’s win over Michigan on Saturday, picking the Fighting Irish over Arizona State and Nebraska.

ESPN rates Hunter as the country’s No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 50 overall player and Keith Arnold of Inside the Irish notes that he also plans to play baseball for Notre Dame.

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.