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Yordano Ventura stops by kids’ lemonade stand

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura is currently appealing a nine-game suspension for throwing a 99 MPH fastball at Manny Machado and his involvement in the ensuing altercation. The bad boy image was not on display Tuesday when Ventura visited a lemonade stand run by two brothers in Overland Park, Kansas, as Abby Eden of FOX 4 KC reports.

“My brother had no idea who he was, and then I looked at him, I stared at him, and I said, ‘Yordano Ventura?’ And he was like yeah, and he gave me a fist bump,” Rahmeen Hirsch recounted.

The brothers were selling lemonade, sweet tea, and baseball cards. They say Ventura paid way above asking price, per Eden.

Yesterday, Craig urged us not to think of everything in binary terms. This is another good example. We can, at the same time, condemn Ventura for his antics on the field and praise him for the way he treats fans off the field.

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.