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Ventura’s death weighs on Royals in spring training

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy talks to a fan wearing a jersey in memory of Yordano Ventura, a Royals pitcher who was killed in a car crash last month, during baseball spring training Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Surprise, Ariz.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The locker was empty. A banner over the clubhouse door said: “Ace 30.”
Back on the field for the first time this year, the Kansas City Royals couldn’t help but think of Yordano Ventura, their 25-year-old teammate who died in a car crash on Jan. 22 in his native Dominican Republic.
“He’s always on your mind,” manager Ned Yost said Tuesday as Kansas City started spring training workouts. “I still catch myself thinking about him being in our rotation, for a second there. It just takes time to work through that, and we’ll work ...


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