Benches clear in Pittsburgh after the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez bat flips a third-inning triple

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A pretty vicious brawl just went down at PNC Park after Carlos Gomez of the Brewers went into home run celebration mode after slugging a Gerrit Cole pitch to the top of the center field wall …

Lots to dissect in the aftermath. Cole walked over to Gomez at third base and began jawing at him. Gomez left the bag and began jawing back, then chucked his helmet at Travis Snider. Martin Maldonado appeared to land the biggest punch. Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen seemed to want no part in the fracas.

Gomez and Snider were both ejected from the game, and Gomez is probably facing a suspension.

Happy Easter Sunday, everybody.

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.