Jonny Venters, after three Tommy John surgeries, returns to pitch for Rays

Jonny Venters has made a successful return to the majors after enduring three Tommy John surgeries and a six-year absence.

Pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays in his first big league appearance since the 2012 NL wild-card game, Venters entered in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. He retired Chris Davis on a grounder, the only batter he faced.

Dickerson rounded third base, rolled his helmet toward the plate and was mobbed by teammates, with Adam Frazier dumping a jug of Gatorade over him. Nearly two minutes later, the home-run call was upheld, and the Pirates exchanged more hugs. It was just the second home run of the season for Dickerson, who was obtained from Tampa Bay during spring training.

“These guys in the clubhouse have been great,” Dickerson said. “I feel really comfortable here. The guys have treated me wonderfully and we get along really good together.”

Felipe Vazquez (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth created by two singles and a walk. Third baseman Colin Moran fielded a hot shot from James McCann and threw home for a force out, Victor Martinez popped out and Jose Iglesias hit a ground ball that was snagged on a diving play by shortshop Sean Rodriguez, who tossed it to second to end the inning.

“I thought our defense showed up extremely well today,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Rangers placed Beltre on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. Beltre got hurt in the eighth inning of a 3-2 home loss to Oakland on Tuesday night when he pulled up limping on his way to first base and then gingerly walked off the field after his 3,075th career hit.

Fister had been on the DL since April 10 because of a right hip strain.

The entire Rangers starting infield has changed from the lineup that took the field for the season opener less than a month ago.

Wade, a three-time NBA champion, had no interest in addressing his future after the Heat were eliminated in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Sixers.

“I love Philly, but ain’t gonna be no breaking news here in Philly,” Wade said lightheartedly. “I’m sorry. I appreciate [the concern], but let me worry about that later.”

Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, addressed the topic in a tweet after Miami’s loss.sl_cardinals_006

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