Postgame notes: Ortiz still doubtful for Sunday

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Postgame notes: Ortiz still doubtful for Sunday

CLEVELAND -- Bobby Valentine said after Saturday night's 6-2 loss to the Indians that he had nothing new to report on David Ortiz's status, and the veteran designated hitter is still doubtful for Sundays series finale against the Indians.

Ortiz was originally supposed to take batting practice and run the field as a test for his troublesome right Achilles tendon.

Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games while going 17-for-42 (.405) with 7 doubles, 2 homers, 14 RBI and 7 runs. Gonzalez has 31 RBI since the All-Star break, which leads the American League over that span and ranks second only to San Francisco's Buster Posey (32) in the majors.

Andrew Bailey is slated to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, and could be nearing activation for the Red Sox if he continues is encouraging recovery path from thumb surgery.

The start of Saturday nights game was delayed 18 minutes due to Indians Hall of Fame ceremonies that ran over their allotted time period. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, late outfielder Jack Graney, and trainer Jim Warfield were all inducted into the Indians hallowed Hall.

Danny Valencia, who replaced the injured Will Middlebrooks on the roster, arrived a few minutes before Saturdays game began and he got into some action at third base in the last few innings in his Sox debut. Valencia was given uniform No. 23.

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.