Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

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Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

BOSTON Clay Buchholz believes Josh Beckett, who played golf on Thursday, even though he had been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday because of a sore right lat, would not do anything to jeopardize his health or the team.

The one thing I said about Josh Beckett is hes a professional, said Buchholz, who was Becketts golf partner that day. Hes not going to do anything to make him not be ready to do his job. Been around him for a while now, thats just the way he goes about his business. Thats an offday and thats something that gets him away from the field. If he likes to do that, then thats what he likes to do. I think thats his decision. I dont think hes going to do anything to make himself unable to go out and pitch and help his team win.

Buchholz does not understand why there might be so much enmity directed at Beckett.

Not really, he said. I dont think it was a big deal at all butpeople feel differently than I do, I guess.

Asked if there is a carry-over from the September fallout that bothers him, Buchholz replied:

Thats nothing to me right now. That was so much blown out of proportion just because of the organization we play for. So it is what it is. I dont think anybodys made mistakes as far as that. But as far as baseball goes, trying to get back in the grind of pitching every five days.

If the team had a winning record, perhaps nothing would be said about Becketts round of golf.

Just like last year, Buchholz said. The whole beer and chicken wouldnt have been a story if we would have won and we would have went to the playoffs. Its just theres always got to be something to talk about and I think thats what it comes down to.

Asked if it makes him feel like he has to think twice about his actions away from the field, Buchholz replied:

I think everybody does. But to a point, to where if they think its going to be something thats going to hurt the team or anything, nobodys going to do it. But that was an offday. I believe that an offday is a day that guys can get away from the field. Theres only a couple of them throughout a season. If JB was hurting really bad, then that wouldnt have been an issue.

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.