Saltalamacchia: Doubront 'is doing a great job'

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Saltalamacchia: Doubront 'is doing a great job'

BOSTON -- Felix Doubront has been one of, if not the most reliable pitcher on the Red Sox staff this season.
It's just his first season as a starting pitcher, but you wouldn't know it if you looked at his now 8-3 record.
Doubront picked up his eighth win of the season on Wednesday night while allowing four runs on nine hits and a home run in six innings. The eight wins is tied with Clay Buchholz for most on the team.
And like Buchholz the night prior -- when he picked up his eighth win of the season -- Doubront was the recipient of some pretty generous run support against the Miami Marlins at Fenway.
Before Clayton Mortensen relieved Doubront of his duties, the Red Sox had already put up 13 runs.
"Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after Boston's 15-5 win.
"So far, he's showing a lot of toughness," Valentine later added. "And the guy on third base is not a gimme. Infield back, guy on third, early in the game, late in the game, whatever it is, he really bears down and makes his best pitches, it seems, with runners in scoring position."
Doubront said after the game that he was missing his spots for most of the night, which led to some struggles. But he did get out of several jams and limited the damage in his six innings.
"Kind of a slow start," said Doubront afterwards, who also admitted he was affected by the extreme temperature. "I felt down a little bit in the first inning. And the rest of the game I tried to pick it up a little bit more, and be more effective."
By limiting the damage on a night that he clearly didn't have his best stuff, Doubront showed the type of battle that his teammates are now used to seeing every fifth night from him.
"Doubront did a great job," said Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "He didn't have his command like he always does. But he fought. He fought his way through it, did a great job and that shows how good of a pitcher he is.
"His makeup, the way he's been throwing the ball, going after hitters with his fastball. He's just a calm kid that goes out there, and, you'd think he's been in the big leagues for 10 years. And he's just starting this year as a starter. So, I mean, he's just a great kid and is doing a great job."

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.