Cameron a strange goat on a strange night

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Cameron a strange goat on a strange night

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- For Mike Cameron, Wednesday (and Thursdays) 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Angels was one of the more bizarre games in his 17-year career.

For example, when a rain delay of 2 hours, 35 minutes began in the fifth inning, the Red Sox had no hits. When the game finally ended at 2:45 a.m., after 13 innings, they had 11.

It was that kind of strange night. And Cameron was involved in its strangest play.

The Sox trailed, 3-1, going into the bottom of the ninth, with Angels closer Jordan Walden on the mound. Jed Lowrie opened the inning with a walk. Cameron, who went 1-for-6 in the marathon game, singled to left, with Lowrie taking second.

With Carl Crawford batting, Walden unleashed a wild pitch, and Lowrie and Cameron both attempted to advance. Catcher Hank Conger, attempting to nab Lowrie, threw wildly past third baseman Alberto Callaspo. The errant throw, which seemed destined for left field, caromed off umpire John Hirschbeck.

Lowrie scored on the play, making it 3-2, and Cameron thinking the ball was heading to the outfield attempted to advance to third.

But shortstop Erick Aybar quickly retrieved it and threw to Callaspo to cut down Cameron.

Crawford then doubled into left-center, which would have scored Cameron with the tying run had he stayed put. Then, after Jason Varitek struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right, scoring Crawford. It tied the game . . . but it could have won it.

Dustin Pedroia grounded into a force out, ending the Sox threat.

Instinctively, thats what you try to do is run, Cameron said. And the shortstop made a good play. It hit off the umpire, kind of kicked back to Aybar. Yeah, I just instinctively saw the ball get away and ran. Thought it was going down the third-base line, and hit off the umpire . . .

"Tough one. Tough one to lose tonight.

Cameron made the right play, though, said manager Terry Francona.

Well, the ball hits the umpire, he said. I thought Aybar made a pretty good play. Hes running full speed, barehands it. When that ball goes by third, Cams going, and thats unfortunate, because if it doesnt hit the umpire, it probably rolls into the corner. But its unfortunate. But its hard to blame Cam for running right there.

With a game time of five hours, plus the long delay, the game did not get over until 2:45 a.m. The fatigue from the long night showed on Cameron, who stood at his locker inside the clubhouse after the game.

It was a battle all night tonight, he said. Crazy, crazy game.

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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.