Notes: Ellsbury 'close' but out of Sox lineup

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Notes: Ellsbury 'close' but out of Sox lineup

BOSTON Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup Tuesday for the start of the two-game series against the Rays.

He felt good enough to play and then the training room thought another day would be best, manager Bobby Valentine said. Hes doing fine.

Valentine would not say if he expects Ellsbury to play Wednesday in the Red Sox final home game of the season.

Im not going to make out the lineup now but hes close to playing, Valentine said.

Ellsburys ailment had not been defined, but Valentine said over the weekend it was a throwing situation.

They know in the training room, Valentine said. Its not a big injury, just something we dont want to get any worse thats for sure.

Ellsbury has not been in the starting lineup for five straight games, although he did get into the game in Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Right-hander Zach Stewart threw three innings in a simulated game Tuesday afternoon.

He hasnt pitched in a game since Sept. 5 according to Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur, Valentine said. Hes been throwing bullpens so he threw today to some hitters, three innings. Felt good, looked good, really good.

Stewart is expected to start Sunday in Baltimore. The right-hander, who was acquired from the White Sox in June for Kevin Youkilis, has made one major league start this season, on Aug. 29 when he gave up nine runs in three innings in Anaheim. Valentine would like Stewart to get another chance.

Oh absolutely, he said. I didn't want that to be the only taste of pitching in Fenway, or pitching for the Red Sox.

Daniel Bard threw one inning in the simulated game Tuesday afternoon. Valentine said Bard left with a blister. Since being called up Aug. 31, he has appeared in five games, spanning 3 13 innings, giving up nine runs on eight this and five walks with four strikeouts and three home runs, posting a 24.30 ERA in that span. Valentine would like to get Bard, who hasnt made an appearance since Sept. 19, into more games before the end of the season with the hope of Bard being able to end the season on a good note.

I really would, yeah, Valentine said. And I know he wants to pitch.

The Sox will honor the 2004 World Series team in a pregame ceremony. Among those expected to attend are manager Terry Francona, bench coach Brad Mills, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Timlin, Kevin Millar, and Keith Foulke,

On Wednesday, the Sox will present the all-time Fenway team in a pregame ceremony.

Roger Clemens was on the field before Tuesdays game.

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.