Podsednik: 'I still feel like I have someting left in the tank'

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Podsednik: 'I still feel like I have someting left in the tank'

BALTIMORE -- At 36 years old and now with his seventh major league organization, Scott Podsednik knows you can never predict the future.

"I've been around enough to know that you just never know," said Podsednik, who joined the Red Sox Tuesday, his contract purchased from Pawtucket as the Sox ran short of outfielders. "One day, you wake up in Lehigh Valley, a few days later, you wake up in Pawtucket, a few days later you wake up in Baltimore.

"That's the way games works sometime."

As it was, Podsednik's first day with the Red Sox was filled with intrigue. He arrived from Pawtucket Tuesday morning, but wasn't officially activated until an hour before gametime as the Red Sox waited to hear about Cody Ross.

When Ross was placed on the DL, retroactive to last Saturday, the roster spot for Podsednik was opened up.

"I'm ready for whatever that may be," he said of his role. "I want to try to fit in and gel with the chemistry of the club here. We're all trying to accomplish the same goal and win every night."

Podsednik played with Los Angeles and Kansas City in 2010, then spent all of last year in the minors. He was struggling with Lehigh Valley earlier this season, then hit .323 in nine games with Pawtucket.

"I still feel like I have something left in the tank," he said. "I just turned 36. That's old for a leadoff hitter or a runner, but I'm healthy. I feel great. I'm as strong as I've ever been. I still feel like I can make an impact at this level. The competitive fires are still burning, so I wanted to try to give it another shot.

"I felt, given the right opportunity, I might be able to make it happen. You have to be at the right place at the right time, obviously. Fortunately, I've got that here. I'll try to take advantage of that opportunity and try to help this club win some games."

Podsednik feels comfortable in left and center, and less so in right.

"I haven't seen him firsthand in a long time," confessed Bobby Valentne. "Arnie (Beyeler) gave me a nice report on him as a teammate, his running ability, defensive ability, where he should and shouldn't play, how's he swinging the bat. So I think I have a pretty good image of him and I think he can help us."

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.