Troy Tulowitzki holds lead in NL All-Star balloting

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The latest update in the NL All-Star balloting has been released and there are a few things of note. Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki remains the leading vote-getter and has actually expanded his lead from from last week. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well out in front at the catcher position and currently has the second-most votes in the NL.

There are a couple of position shake-ups since last week. Mets third baseman David Wright has hopped over the injured Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez has vaulted from fifth to third among outfielders. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has dropped from second to fifth while Andrew McCutchen still finds himself in fourth. Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers still holds the lead at first base, but maybe not for long. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is right on his heels.

Here’s the full update:

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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.