This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL

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This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL

BOSTON Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was replaced by Cody Ross in the top of the ninth inning of Mondays win over the Tigers.

The move ignited speculation that Sweeney had been traded. The Reds were one of the teams reported to have been interested in him.

Instead, Sweeney is unlikely to be going anywhere except, for X-rays on Tuesday, followed by another trip to the disabled list. A baseball source indicated it is likely Sweeney will have to be placed on the DL.

Sweeney was removed from the game after he punched a door in the dugout following his last at-bat, a groundout for the first out of the eighth inning. Sweeney, batting .260, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Red Sox's 7-3 victory over the Tigers.

I was frustrated and I hit the door coming down and just couldnt throw the ball, said Sweeney, standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse after the game.

I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit, which I've done before but maybe not to this extent.

Sweeney said he wasnt sure of the severity of the injury, which he said affected the pinkie knuckle on left throwing hand.

I dont know, he said. I never broke my hand before so I dont know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.

After the game, manager Bobby Valentine said the injury would likely affect Sweeney for several days.

Sweeney has already had two DL stints this season. He missed six games from May 21 28, when he was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. He missed 18 games from June 17 July 7 with inflammation in his left big toe.

The frustration is huge, Sweeney said. I feel like I just let the team down. I feel terrible right now. Obviously when you hit something and you just have so much adrenaline going and you dont know what happened. So, afterwards, it just hurt a little bit.

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.