Ortiz's suspension reduced to three games

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Ortiz's suspension reduced to three games

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
David Ortiz never got a chance to speak his mind about the incident for which he received a four-game suspension.

But without saying a word, Oritz did get a game reduced -- with the understanding that he would begin his suspension Monday night when the Sox began a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, the very team against which Ortiz charged the mound on July 8.

Two industry sources said Monday that a "quid pro quo'' element was involved in the decision: by staying off the field against the Orioles, his punishment was reduced by a game.

"I found out (Monday) morning,'' said Ortiz. "It happened and I have to take it like a man.''

Ortiz said he never got an opportunity to explain himself. Rather, he said, he was notified by his agent Monday morning that his suspension was shaved from four games to three.

"I just didn't want to go over the same thing all over again,'' said Ortiz. "I know that what I did wasn't the right thing to do. So I'm going to be punished because of that. I just want to get it over with and finish the season.

"A situation like that goes down..it happened and it's good to be over. They made their decision the way they would have with anybody else and that's it.''

This will be Ortiz's third layoff in the last few weeks. He first was out of the starting lineup seven times in the span of nine games when the Sox played nine straight games in National League ballparks.

He was next off for four days during the All-Star break, and now will miss the next three games.

"It won't help you,'' shrugged Ortiz. "But I'm just going to keep doing what you're supposed to do and try not to put too much in my head and go out there once the time comes for me to start playing (again) and try my best.''

With Ortiz sidelined, the Red Sox had Jacoby Ellsbury as the DH, giving the outfielder a chance to rest his legs for a night.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

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.