Granderson leads Yankees over Red Sox, 5-4

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Granderson leads Yankees over Red Sox, 5-4

BOSTON -- For much of the year, the Yankees have relied on the long ball. Wednesday night at Fenway, it served them well.
Curtis Granderson hit two mammoth shots into the right field bleachers and Robinson Cano added another, accounting for all of the New York runs in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
The Yankees have 213 homers this season, easily the most of any team in the major leagues.
The Sox staged a ninth-inning rally when Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- who earlier had doubled and tripled -- bashed a solo homer the Sox to within a run. But that was close as they got as Rafael Soriano closed it out.
Starter Aaron Cook allowed the first homer to Granderson -- a solo shot -- in the fourth and, two batters later, the two-run belt by Cano. He pitched into the sixth before being lifted, suffering his third straight loss. Cook has won just one of his last dozen starts.
Alfredo Aceves gave up the second homer to Granderson, which came in the seventh inning.
The Sox, who didn't collect a hit until the fourth, got their first run when James Loney singled home Dustin Pedroia (double).
Doubles by Saltalamacchia, Daniel Nava and pinch-hitter Mike Aviles resulted in two more runs in the seventh.
The loss dropped the Red Sox record in September to 2-8 and was their 12th in the last 14 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.