MLB admits they messed up on replay in Red Sox-Yankees game

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In the bottom of the eighth inning this afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Yankees infielder Dean Anna doubled down the right field line off Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop. Red Sox manager John Farrell quickly came out to challenge the safe call at second base, but the initial call was confirmed after a video replay. The only problem is that Anna’s foot was off the bag and he should have been called out.

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According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, MLB did not have immediate access to the conclusive angle on the play and acknowledged that a different call should have been made. Fortunately, the mistake did not have a significant impact on the game, as Anna didn’t come around to score and the Red Sox lost 7-4. Still, it’s a little troubling that the fans at home had access to the “conclusive angle” but MLB somehow didn’t. Hopefully this was just a freak occurrence and not a sign of things to come.

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.