2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

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2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

Two years ago, the Red Sox complained bitterly about a nine-game interleague road trip to three straight National League cities.
Such a scheduling quirk, they argued, forced them to sit DH David Ortiz for much of the trip and re-configure their lineup for an extended period.
Beginning next year, that won't be an issue -- even though the Sox will play four road series in National League cities, according to the 2013 schedule, which was officially released Wednesday.
Thanks to realignment and two 15-team leagues, baseball must now schedule interleague play for nearly every day. That means the Sox will begin interleague play in May -- with two games in Philadelphia May 29-30 -- and end it in late September.
That also means that the Sox will only once play consecutive road series: they have back-to-back three-game sets in San Francisco and Los Angeles from Aug. 19-25.
The other NL trip is two-game series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies in the final week of the season.
When the schedule was formulated, Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to limit interleague play as much as possible in September, so as to not force teams to play by rules other than their own in the final weeks of the season when playoff races are at stake. Unlike past seasons, under the new schedule, the Red Sox do not visit any non-division AL teams more than once. Another scheduling quirk has the Yankees not visiting Boston until after the All-Star break. When the Yanks do come to Fenway, all three of their visits are on the weekend -- presumably to offer MLB's TV partners, Fox and ESPN, the maximum exposure for Sox-Yankee games.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.