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Marisol Hernandez, mother of the late Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, is embraced by a young woman during her son's wake in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez) (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
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  • Marisol Hernandez, mother of the late Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, is embraced by a young woman during her son's wake in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez) (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Family, fans mourn for Dominican pitcher Yordano Ventura

    LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name “Ventura” emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. He died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, where he was […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, South Korea lines the third baseline and Endwell, N.Y. lines the first baseline during team introductions before the Little League World Series Championship baseball game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, intended to increase the pace of play.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Little League requiring criminal background checks

    Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday intended to increase the pace of play. Under the rules changes that take effect this year, local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in […]