Jenks and Guillen get into heated back-and-forth

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Jenks and Guillen get into heated back-and-forth

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox and White Sox don't meet in the regular season until May 30, but that might be a series worth anticipating.

New Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is already exchanging verbal grenades with former manager Ozzie Guillen and the war of words is apparently heating up.

Over the winter, after Jenks criticized Guillen, Ozzie's son, Oney, tweeted a number of disparaging remarks about Jenks's tenure with the White Sox and said his father had lost confidence in the closer last season.

In Friday's Chicago Tribune, Jenks told Phil Rogers that the often volatile relationship between Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams was a "distraction,'' to the White Sox and that Oney Guillen suffered from "middle child syndrome.''

Saturday, speaking to reporters in Glendale, Arizona, Ozzie Guillen fired back and warned that Oney had more amunition about the reliever.

"If Oney said everything he knows about Bobby Jenks, it wouldn't be a pretty thing," Guillen said. "I respect his wife. I respect his kids. I'm not even mad. I wish I was mad about it because I will rip his throat out.

"That's sad because it's coming from him. That surprises me. Everybody in this organization did a lot of great things for him. Did he pitch good for us? Yes, very, very good. But in the meanwhile, just worry about setting up some games over there. Just worry about Boston, don't worry about the White Sox."

"Too bad that all the stuff we had between me and Kenny interrupted his career because he did a lot of bad things last year. We lied for him, we protected him. I'm the first manager in the history of baseball to give a guy a week off to take care of his kids when his father-in-law was sick . . . I sent him home because he had to babysit his kids because his father-in-law was sick. I don't think any manager is doing that. But coming from him, I expect that."

Guillen said the White Sox "don't miss'' Jenks and noted that none of the current White Sox players had a phone number for Jenks.

"Criticism of me, that's fine,'' said Guillen. "He wasn't talking about the ballclub, he was talking about Ozzie and Kenny Williams. I respect that. Thank God he wasn't talking about the club. If Bobby was taking about the club, I would have been everywhere on ESPN because I will rip his guts. But he was talking about me. I can take that. Just be careful of what you say about Oney because Oney will say stuff he's not supposed to be saying.

"That's just a warning for him just in case somebody don't call him. Just stay away and don't name Oney for this because it will be pretty ugly."

Guillen added that Jenks had to take some responsibility for the White Sox finishing second last year.

"I kept him as my closer when he couldn't close,'' he said. "He's got to look himself in the mirror. Too bad. I still love his kids and wife.''

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.