Wakeup call: A busy day looms for Theo

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Wakeup call: A busy day looms for Theo

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, July 31:

BASEBALL
Today's the trade deadline, and it looks like it'll be busy in Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

And Chicago, or at least the north side. (CSN Chicago) But we all know what the trade deadline's like when Theo's around.

Theo's not the only one making moves. The Mariners sent Brandon League to the Dodgers (AP), and the Blue Jays traded Travis Snider to the Pirates. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Don't look now, but the Yankees have lost 8 of their last 11. (AP)

And maybe Mark Teixeira, too. (Hardball Talk)

It was quite the night for Kendrys Morales. (AP)

BASKETBALL
Matt Barnes played for the Lakers last year. Next year he may be the new Rickey Vaughn in the California Penal League. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The exodus has begun from Penn State. (NBC's College Football Talk)

HOCKEY
The best Penguins forward Craig Adams, a member of the NHLPA's negotiating committee, can say about the owners' CBA proposal is "It's their opening bid" and "there's a long a way to go." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

From Tiger Woods to . . . the Sharks' Douglas Murray? Really, Elin? (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
You just can't take anybody's word these days, can you? (NBC's Off The Bench)

Hope Solo doubled down on her criticism of Brandi Chastain. (NBC)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Titans are shocked at wide receiver O.J. Murdock's apparent suicide. (AP)

Santonio Holmes thinks he was the scapegoat for the Jets' woes last year. (AP)

Or was it Plaxico Burress, who's shocked that he's unemployed? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like Adrian Peterson will be laying off the seafood from here on in. (AP)

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.