Victor Martinez knows when he’s out

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Former catcher Victor Martinez is not about to cause a collision when there’d be no damn point to it:

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That play came after Tigers third base coach Tom Brookens decided to send the less-than-fleet-footed Martinez home with Jeff “I have an amazing freakin’ arm and I’m not afraid to use it” Francoeur fielding the ball in right. So, really, Martinez’s decision was the best one anyone made here.

(awesome gif by Tom Fornelli of South Side Asylum)

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.