Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest

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Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest

By JessicaCamerato
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On Tuesday night rookiecatcher Ryan Lavarnway powered the Boston Red Sox to a crucial 8-7 winover the Baltimore Orioles with two homeruns and four RBIs.

But before he was driving an entire team tovictory, Lavarnway played a role in one of his teammates' success thisseason.

Lavarnwaydidnt know Josh Reddick very well when he was called up to thePawtucket Red Sox from the Portland Sea Dogs in June.

When he asked around the clubhouse about taking atrip back up to Portland to retrieve the rest of his belongingsfollowing a day game, Reddick said he was already planning on drivingup to Maine that night and agreed to give Lavarnway a ride.

That afternoon Lavarnway batted 2-for-4 with twodoubles and a run scored; Reddick hit 1-for-3 with a double as well.

As Lavarnway looked to get settled into his newsurroundings in Pawtucket, Reddick offered he could stay at his placeuntil he found a spot to live. Both players were pursuing the nextsteps in their careers -- Lavarnway was getting adjusted to Triple-Abaseball and Reddick was fighting to make it back to the Boston RedSox.

A few days later, Lavarnway and Reddick eachhit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs apiece in an 8-3 win overthe Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Erring on the side ofsuperstition, Reddick extended his hospitality.

Weboth hit two homers in the same game, Lavarnway recalled. He waslike, Alright, you cant move out now.'

I thinkhe got called up here (to the Red Sox) a couple days later and washitting .300.

Lavarnway ended up living atReddicks place in Pawtucket (and taking care of his dog) whileReddick spent the rest of the season in Boston. A few months later,Lavarnway joined him on the Red Sox, where he played an integral rolein Tuesdays must-win game.

In this game wheretheres only 25 spots on the roster, even if you dont play the sameposition, as much as were teammates in the minor leagues, everyoneskind of competing with each other," said Lavarnway. The fact that wehadnt really met before and he was being so nice to me, you dontreally expect that.

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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.