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View from the Catwalk: Jonny Goes Marching Home

The Rays win, Jonny Venters is a Brave again, Jim Bowden is still dumb.

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The Rays won a one run game against the Orioles last night, downing Baltimore 4-3, no thanks to the replay crew in New York, who blew it big time on a Ji-Man Choi “double” off this dude’s chest in left field.

The usual suspects pitched, with a rando reliever getting the start, a rando reliever getting the win, and a rando reliever getting the save. Old friend Alex Cobb was brilliant until he wasn’t. In other words, just like you imagined it would go. Sadly, no pitcher played second base.

During the game, new Rays catcher Michael Perez — acquired in the (checks notes) Matt Andriese trade — collected his first big league hit. Good job, New Guy!

Speaking of The New Guy:

Jonny Venters goes marching home

Possibly after you went to bed last night, the Rays made yet another deal, somehow making the feel-good story of the year even feel-goodier by sending 3 12 time Tommy John survivor Jonny Venters back to where his career started, with the Atlanta Braves, in exchange for international slot money.

It’s probably less than the Rays were hoping to receiving when they first rolled the dice on Venters, but after his setbacks last year, it’s great to get anything at all. And the feels this move earns — not to mention the prospect of more Wander Francos — puts this in the win-win column for everybody.

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He will hold this distinction until approximately September of 2019, when Wander Franco hits The Show.