Iglesias gets his first start for Red Sox

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Iglesias gets his first start for Red Sox

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

TORONTO -- Jose Iglesias got his first start in the big leagues Wednesday night, filling in for Jed Lowrie, who's been battling a bad cold and bad fever for a few days.

"It's exciting,'' Terry Francona said before the game on the prospect of watching Iglesias. "He's not going to be short on energy. I think we've been looking for a place to play him. Jed's been doing so well, it's kind of hard to take him out. But Jed looks like a wet washcloth; it's time to give him a night off.''

There are few questions about Iglesias's readiness in the field, but the Sox would like him to demonstrate some more patience at the plate.

On Wednesday, he went 0-3 with a strikeout.

"He has a tendency early on to be swinging at a lot of pitches,'' said Francona. "Hopefully, that's something that gets better with experience. He can do some things with the bat. But plate discipline, sometimes that takes a while.

"But this kid can catch the ball. If it's hit to him, he'll catch it.''

In spring training, some Red Sox instructors were turned off by Iglesias's flashiness, turning routine plays unnecessarily into showy ones.

"I think he's aware of it,'' said Francona. "I think he's always going to have a flair. That's OK. He has some great hands and he kind of derives some energy from that, too. As long as that balls ends up where it's supposed to.

"I kind of told him this spring, the first time that ball doesn't end up where it's supposed to . . . He's a good kid. He works hard. He's just a little flashy.''

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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.