Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

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Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. In the second inning of Saturdays 9-2 win over the Marlins at City of Palms Park, Mike Cameron dropped a bunt down the third base line for a single, showing that his 38-year-old legs are feeling good. Just as important, showing that hes recovered from the August surgery to repair a tear in his abdomen.

Cameron, who had been sidelined earlier in the week with tendonitis in his left knee, went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. He is batting .412 (7-for-17).

I know his left knee was bothering him for a couple days, said manager Terry Francona. But we gave him a couple days break. He looks really fresh. You can tell. He played a good game today, he jumped on that ball to left field and on most days its probably a home run, laid down a good bunt, looked like he felt good.

With Cameron limited by injuries last season, in his first season with the Sox, Francona never got to see a fully healthy outfielder.

No, not really, Francona said. It was a battle right from the beginning. And hes a tough kid but he just looks so much freer fright now. Even that smiles coming a lot quicker. It was a fight for him last year.

The Red Sox made their first round of player moves Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda to Double-A Portland. Reassigned to minor league camp are right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, Kyle Weiland and Alex Wilson, catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway, infielders Brent Dlugach and Hector Luna, and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 in the game. He is batting .333 (8-for-24) this spring.

The Red Sox voided the minor league contract of right-hander Jason Bergmann. He reported to camp with a shoulder injury and did not pitch.

Clay Buchholzs next scheduled day to start is Monday. But, with the Red Sox facing the Yankees Monday night at City of Palms Park, Francona prefers to hold Buchholz back from a division rival. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will likely get the start instead, with Buchholz pitching in an alternate scenario, such as a simulated game.

Pitchers scheduled for the game against the Pirates in Bradenton include Josh Beckett, Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller, and Daniel Bard.

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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.