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Royals Pitcher Ventura Dies in Car Crash

The Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball are mourning the loss of Yordano Ventura.

The AP reports Ventura died in an accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 25. 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.

In a statement, Royals general Manager Dayton Moore said “Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing. He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”
Ventura signed with the Royals as an amateur free agent in 2008, and made his big-league debut in 2013. He pitched in two World Series, helping his team win the the 2015 title. His career record is 38-31 in 94 appearances, 93 of them starts.

In a separate incident Sunday, former major-leaguer Andy Marte died when a car he was driving in the Dominican Republic hit a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.