Tigers favored over Giants in World Series

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San Francisco won six more games than Detroit during the regular season, but the Tigers are sizable favorites over the Giants in the World Series.

Bovada has Detroit as -180 favorites, which means you’d have to risk $180 to win $100 on the Tigers and means they’d have to win the series 65 percent of the time for that bet to be profitable.

Fresh off a dominant sweep of the Yankees and with a fully rested Justin Verlander matched up against Barry Zito in Game 1 it’s definitely not surprising that the Tigers are favored–Lance Berkman agrees, for instance–but -180 is maybe a little surprising considering the Giants have homefield advantage.

I’ll keep an eye on the betting line to see if it moves strongly one way or another before the first pitch tomorrow night.

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.