Beckett silent after mixed results vs. Marlins

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Beckett silent after mixed results vs. Marlins

MIAMI -- Exactly what Josh Beckett thought of his start Monday night is uncertain since, for the second straight game, Beckett elected not speak with reporters after his outing.

Chances are, he would have been happy with the job he turned in from the third inning through the seventh, when he allowed just one member of the Florida Marlins to reach base. That came on a one-out walk, three batters before he was done for the night, lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the following inning.

Just as likely, Beckett would have been kicking himself for a first inning in which he allowed base hits to four of the first six hitters, accounting for three runs in a 4-1 Red Sox loss.

"There was a wind out there and he figured out the wind a little late, I guess," said manager Bobby Valentine of his starter. "His two-seamer was just dynamite tonight. It was moving and just about unhittable."

Beckett allowed a leadoff triple to Jose Reyes, followed by a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano. A single to center by Giancarlo Stanton, a double off the wall in right by Logan Morrison and a bloop single from Gaby Sanchez accounted for two more runs.

"With the roof open," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, "his ball was actually moving a lot. His ball was actually moving a lot. He threw that cutter in to Morrison and it kind of didn't get in (enough) and he hit it pretty well. But other than that, he just kind of gave up some weak singles."

The Sox couldn't offer much in the way of support, which should be familiar by now to Beckett, who hasn't won any of his last five starts despite giving up a total of just 13 runs in those five outings.

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.