There’s a bee delay in the Yankees-Red Sox game

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The Yankees and Red Sox are playing a game in Steinbrenner Field in Tampa right now. It’s delayed. Why?

Thankfully the grounds crew is on the case. But they have help from Mark Teixeira:

It’s true:

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After the game, Teixeira explained what he was doing:

“What I thought was, if you could just do a line of honey out to the parking lot, the bees would maybe follow it, and then just leave us alone.”

That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but it’s also kind of brilliant.

Anyway, here’s this:

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.