Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

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Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

BOSTON -- Outfielder Ryan Kalish will be used sparingly, if at all, by the Red Sox for the remainder of the season.
Unless an emergency arises, I cant see him playing, said manager Bobby Valentine. He hasnt swung now in a long time. So he might pinch-run. Hes not even throwing very much. Hes here just in case of emergency.Kalish is still recovering from two surgeries last offseason.I think hes going to be fine for spring training, Valentine said. I think hes going to get on a program during wintertime thats going to put his body and his mind in the exact place it needs to be to be the kind of player we need for next year.
Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08 ERA) will make his 28th start of the season today. Before this year, he had made just 23 major-league appearances, with three starts, over the last two seasons. I certainly hope that this has established him in his mind and the mind of others that hes a bona-fide starting pitcher in the major leagues, Valentine said, who added "I think it was just opportunity and he made the best of it every time he got the ball.I think he came to spring training in good shape," Valentine also said. "I think that was the key. I think that this winter will be a very crucial winter for him to continue his physical stability." Valentine was pleased with Danny Valencias first home run with the Sox on Saturday.He came back from playing for Triple-A Pawtucket with a different swing, Valentine said. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler and crew down there worked with him pretty rigorously. When he was here last time, he hadnt played very much. He was in limbo or something for a while and his swing wasnt what it should be and it looked much different when he came back in batting practice and it looked much different in a game and I think hes still getting into the routine of feeling good about himself. In one of the more light-hearted moments of the day, Valentine was asked why he sniffs the baseball when he goes to the mound to take a pitcher of a game. His response:I asked myself that once while I was doing it. I like it. I like the smell of it. I t must be the Mississippi mud mixed in with that Taiwanese leather. I dont know why I do it. Its kind of weird. When I smelled it last night I said someones going to ask me why I smell it. Its kind of stupid, isnt it? I dont think it affects the guy coming in. I dont spit on it.The Red Sox will honor Johnny Pesky in a postgame ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. The event is open to fans attending todays game as well as the general public at no charge. Fans are welcome to stay at Fenway until 9 p.m. A presentation on Peskys life will take place after which fans can walk on the field and view exhibits. Current and former players are expected to attend.

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.