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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Rays reliever Jonny Venters made it back to the bigs yesterday after six years and three Tommy John surgeries. The coolest part? His wife and three little children were there to witness it. Venters didn't know he was getting promoted until shortly before noon. He called his wife at 12:30, and she and the kids somehow managed to hop a 5:30 flight from Atlanta to Baltimore, arriving at Camden Yards just in the nick of time to watch Venters retire Chris Davis (the only batter he faced) in the bottom of the sixth. "It was special," says Venters. "It was like making my debut again."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs say no change in the status of Kris Bryant who remains "under evaluation" after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch on Sunday. He'll miss his third straight game and is scheduled to meet with the Cubs team doctor today. Tommy La Stella starts at third base in his place.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As he celebrates his 26th birthday today, here's an interesting stat about Aaron Judge from the Yankees. Only three Yankees in the past 50 years have hit more homers than Judge's 63 before their 26th bdays: Don Mattingly (94), Bobby Murcer (77), Derek Jeter (70). Remember, Judge made his MLB debut at 24. Mattingly made his at 21, Murcer at 19 and Jeter at 20. One of Judge's 63 homers actually came on his birthday. He hit a homer in a 3-1 win over Boston last April 26.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Judge was discussing after the game what the Yankees need to do to stay hot. "The biggest thing is to just get some runners on when Didi's hitting. That's the only thing we need to do," he said, smiling. Nothing that Gregorius is doing right now surprises him. Added Judge: "It's pretty cool to just see that as a teammate. All the hard work he's put in over the years ... I'm excited for the rest of the year for him."