Nation Station: In-game notes

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Nation Station: In-game notes

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Statistical notes from the Red Sox' Opening Day loss . . .

The last time Daniel Bard gave up three runs in a game was August 9, 2009 against the Yankees. He gave up four on June 14, 2009 against the Phillies. He has never given up five in an appearance.
The Rangers came into this game hitting 5-for-24, a .208 average, against Bard.

Last season, Bard gave up eight doubles all season. He gave up three in this appearance.
David Ortiz had one homer in 63 plate appearances last April. He now has one in four plate appearances this season. He has 32 lifetime homers against the Rangers.

Jon Lester has now surrendered 68 career home runs, two leading off a game. This is the first three-gopher game of his career; he has 16 two-gopher games. These were the second, third and fourth homers he has given up in the Rangers Ballpark.
Lester gave up 14 homers last season, but five times he allowed two homers in a game.
This is the 25th time he has given up at least five runs in a game, and the 22nd time he has given up five earned runs.

Adrian Gonzalez now has two stolen bases in 3,632 plate appearances. That is the most PA of any active player with two steals. Jay Gibbons, on the Dodgers DL, has two steals and 3,115 PA.

His only other steal came on 42809 at Coors Field off of Jorge de la Rosa and Yorvit Torrealba of the Rockies. It was a straight steal and it came with two out in the 6th after Gonzalez had singled. From Billy-Ball.com.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia made one start for the Rangers last season and it was on Opening Day. His walkoff single produced a 5-4 win over Toronto.

Kevin Youkilis' first-inning double gives him 201 in his career, two behind Rick Burleson (26th) on the all-time Sox doubles list. Youk has 2,776 career at bats.

Here are the other batters with 201 doubles:

RkPlayerABFromToTm1Ed Brinkman604519611975WSA-DET-TOT2Mickey Stanley502219641978DET3Brandon Inge433720012010DET4Bob O'Farrell410119151935CHC-TOT-STL-NYG5Bill Hall314020022010MIL-TOT-BOS6Joe Mauer309220042010MIN7Joe Harris303519141928NYY-CLE-BOS-TOT-WSH-

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.