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Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in car crash in the Dominican Republic, the team announced this morning. He was 25.

Authorities in Dominican Republic confirmed Ventura's death this morning and the death of former major league infielder Andy Marte, saying both died in separate accidents this weekend.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo says 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.

About to enter his fourth full season with the Royals, Ventura was 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA since being called up late in the 2013 season. He...

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