Doubront gives Sox strong outing in win over O's, 2-1

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Doubront gives Sox strong outing in win over O's, 2-1

BOSTON Before Sundays series finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park, manager Bobby Valentine was asked if this had been an important season for left-hander Felix Doubront.

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 responded.

Doubront responded by no-hitting the Orioles through four innings, and establishing a new career high with 11 strikeouts. Doubront didnt get the win, but the Red Sox did, beating the Os, 2-1, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Doubront went seven innings, matching his season high, giving up one run on four hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts. It was just the second double-digit strikeout outing by a Sox pitcher this season, along with Jon Lesters 12-strikeout win in Cleveland on Aug. 12.

Doubront left with the score tied, 1-1.

The Sox scored first, when Cody Ross led off the fourth with a single followed by a walk to James Loney from Orioles starter Chris Tillman. With one out Ross went to third on Danny Valencias fielders choice, scoring on a throwing error by Os second baseman Robert Andino.

The Os tied the score in fifth when Lew Ford, Chris Davis, and Manny Machado opened the inning with consecutive hits, the first Doubront allowed in the game.

The Sox took the lead in the eighth off Os reliever Luis Ayala as Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross led off with back-to-back doubles.

Junichi Tazawa pitched a perfect eighth,e arning the win. He improved to 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA.

Andrew Bailey earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth, but it was not without adventure. Bailey loaded the bases with one out before getting Manny Machado to ground into fielder's choice, as James Loney threw home for the force out, then striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty, looking, to end the game.

Ayala took the loss for the Os.

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.