Gonzalez to OF giving Francona 'anxiety'

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Gonzalez to OF giving Francona 'anxiety'

By Danny Picard
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Gonzalez has been taking some balls out in the outfield,said Francona. Hes very willing to do it."

Francona doesn't sound as willing, but he also sounds as if he knows he doesn't have a choice.

"If you do that, my concerns are acouple things.

"One, I dont want David to go 11 days without playing.Thats not good for us, or for him.

"Two, if you put Gonzalez in right -- because thats the oneplace he says he can play -- then youre potentially either taking J.D. Drewout of the lineup or moving him to left, and weve got guys all over the place.

And then the other thing is, if something ever happened toGonzalez, Id catch a lot of expletive, and I dont want to do that.

"Sowell see. I actually had some anxiety over this one. I want to do whatsright, and Ive got to try and figure out in my own head, what is right.

Perhaps this recent anxiety is why Francona thinks thedesignated hitter should be in both leagues.

I think just from watching games, I think . . . it createsjobs for players, which I think is good, said Francona, who managed without the DH during his time in Philadelphia in the late 1990s. I think the game isactually more fun. So many times, pitchers go up there, and thats when peoplego get their popcorn.

I understand theres some so-called strategy there, but Ithink having a DH, I actually think its better. The games more fun.

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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.