Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game

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Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Terry Francona nearly emptied his bench in his team's 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday morning -- and might have used more if he'd had the option to do so.

Francona used all but one of his 13 position players. Outfielder J.D. Drew was not used because he suffered from a bout with vertigo during the game.

"He wasn't available,'' said Francona. "There were some oportunities to use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth inning and he was all over the place.''

The Sox utilized 8 of their 12 pitchers. The only four not used were starters Clay Buchholz (who pitched Monday), Jon Lester (who pitched Tuesday) and John Lackey (who is scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday afternoon), and reliever Bobby Jenks.

Jenks actually warmed up in the bullpen at one point with the expectation of getting into the game, but fell victim to some cramping in his arm and had to be held back.

"He was actually coming into the game,'' said Francona, "and then we got a call that his arm cramped up. So that put a wrench into things also.''

At 5 hours of playing time, it was the longest game at Fenway Park since a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in 5 hours, 2 minutes, on Sept. 10, 2008, in 14 innings. With the rain delay added in, the night was actually 7 hours and 35 minutes long.

The loss was the first by the Red Sox to the Angels since Aug. 19, 2010.

The Sox are now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season, 4-8 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

Josh Beckett started the game, going 4 13 innings before the game was delayed. It was his shortest start since April 26, 2010 at Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .400 (18-for-45) with 12 RBI in that stretch.

Jacoby Ellsburys game-tying, two-out single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a high for Sox batters this season. He is batting .351 (20-for-57) in that stretch.

Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Ervin Santana in the fourth inning. It was the 71st time he has been hit by a pitch, tying him with Mo Vaughn for most all-time in Sox history.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first career relief appearance. He entered in the 13 inning and allowed two runs, taking the loss. He falls to 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA.

Dustin Pedroia, who had never struck three times in a game before last night, struck out four times.

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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.