BOSTON -- There's a left-hander on the mound for Seattle (Jason Vargas) and, as a result, Mike Aviles goes back into the leadoff spot for the Red Sox tonight against the Mariners:
Mike Aviles SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Cody Ross RF
Daniel Nava LF
Marlon Byrd CF
Kelly Shoppach C
Jon Lester P
The Mariners' lineup isn't posted yet.
Some quick notes from the Red Sox P.R. department . . .
TEN IN NINE: Yesterday was Bostons ninth game this season scoring 10 or more runs, the most in the Majors and the clubs most ever through the first 34 games of a season . . . The Red Sox are just the second team in the last 81 years to score 10 or more runs in 9 of the first 34 games of a season (Colorado in 1997 is the other) and the first A.L. team to do so since Baltimore (now the Yankees) and Chicago both accomplished the feat in 1901.
FIRST 10 GAMES: With a homer and two RBI yesterday, Will Middlebrooks became the third player to accumulate at least 4 home runs and 13 RBI over his first 10 games in the Major leagues, according to Elias . . . The others: Kansas City's Mark Quinn in September 1999 (5 HR, 15 RBI) and Seattle's Alvin Davis in April 1984 (4 HR, 13 RBI).
VS. THE MARINERS: Boston and Seattle meet nine times in 2012 . . . The current two-game set is the Mariners' only series in Boston this year, the fewest number of games the Sox have ever played against the Ms at Fenway Park in a season . . . The Red Sox are 215-158 (.576) all-time against the Mariners, the top winning percentage for any American League club against Seattle.
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.
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.