Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey

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Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey

TORONTO After Fridays win over the Blue Jays, in which Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 -- a career high in hits, with a career-high three extra-base hits, all doubles -- with three runs scored, and an RBI, manager Bobby Valentine said he may give Nava Saturday off.

Instead, Nava is in the lineup, in the lead-off spot. The Sox are 5-0 in his Navas career as a lead-off hitter.

Nava has started in left field in each of the 22 games since he was called up from Pawtucket on May 10. He has reached base safely in 20 of the 22 games.

Nava is batting .314 (22-for70) with two home runs and 16 RBI. He is batting .383 with a .617 slugging percentage from the left side, just .174.391 from the right

Right-hander Aaron Cook, on the disabled list since May 12 with a left knee laceration, is progressing Valentine said.

He felt good, Valentine said. Talking with him, he felt good, laceration doing well, and hes ready to start full mound activities.

Once Cook starts on the mound, Valentine was unsure how long it would take the right-hander to get ready for a rehab assignment. But, once on the assignment, Cook would likely make at least three appearances of two, three-plus, and five innings before hes really pitching.

Adrian Gonzalez is making his ninth start, all in the last 14 games, in right field Saturday. It is just his first start on turf. Valentine said he was confident Gonzalez could make the plays in right on the turf.

Left fielder Carl Crawford, who has been on the DL all season after surgery on his left wrist in mid-January and a subsequent ailing left elbow, could begin throwing by the end of the week, Valentine said.

Closer Andrew Bailey, on the DL since the beginning of the season after surgery on his right thumb, has been throwing from 90 feet. He is expected to be at Fenway for the next homestand, which begins Tuesday.

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.