Andy Pettitte solid in final start at Yankee Stadium

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In his final start at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, starter Andy Pettitte went seven innings, holding the Giants to just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. The lefty is scheduled to make one final start against his former team in Houston on Saturday.

As good as Pettitte was, though, it wasn’t enough. Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit continued his recent run of solid pitching, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in six and one-third innings of work. The Yankees’ lone run came on a Mark Reynolds solo home run in the third inning. Giants relievers Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, and Sergio Romo kept the Yankees off the board to wrap up the 2-1 victory. Romo logs save number 36 of the season.

Though the Yankees aren’t mathematically eliminated from the AL Wild Card race, they are playing for pride now as they’re four games behind the second Wild Card and would need to leap over both the Rangers and the Royals while holding off the Orioles as well.

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.