Sox benefit from two-day break before Yankees

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Sox benefit from two-day break before Yankees

By Jessica Camerato
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Turns out there is a silver lining in four hours of rain delays.

(For those who got soaked waiting out this weekends doubleheader, hear me out.)

The Red Sox gained an additional off day when Sundays game against the Oakland Athletics was re-scheduled to a doubleheader on Saturday to make way for Hurricane Irene. Combine that with the pre-scheduled off day on Monday, and the Red Sox have a rare break before they start a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox had not had an off day since Monday, August 15. They played three games against the Tampa Bay Rays in two days in Boston before heading to Kansas City for a four-game series. From there, they traveled to Texas to play four against the Rangers and returned home after Thursday nights game to get ready for Fridays series opener against the Athletics.

We need it. We need it bad, Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of the break. Just the travel alone, came home for two days but played three games in two days. Got back on the road and went to the heat in Texas. Came home, played last night and played all day today (Saturday). We need these two days off to rejuvenate and I think it'd be good for our pitchers to have a few extra days off as well. And I think the field probably needs a few extra days, too.

After playing 14 games in 12 days, the Red Sox welcome the rest before taking on the Yankees. Even though they have a 10-2 record against the Yankees this season, they knew every contest is critical. The Red Sox hold a 2.5-game lead over their rivals in the AL East with just over a month remaining before the postseason.

Oh yeah, I think weve been having some crazy schedules lately, so I think its going to give us some good time to recover from the doubleheader today and the travel the other night, David Ortiz said when asked about the benefits of an off day before the series.

He added, Its always a great series and we always try to play to win.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comJCameratoNBA.

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.