Royals’ Game 6 starter Yordano Ventura is dedicating his outing to Oscar Taveras

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Yordano Ventura became good friends with Oscar Taveras while the two were playing in the Double-A Texas League and they had made plans to spend time together this winter in their native country, the Dominican Republic. “But I guess not,” Ventura said solemnly to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com on Monday afternoon. “God had a different plan.”

Ventura is starting for the Royals in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Giants and will dedicate the outing to Taveras, who died in a car crash Sunday alongside his girlfriend Edilia Arvelo. More from MLB.com

Scrawled on his spikes and on his glove will be the No. 18 and the initials “R.I.P.” in memory of countryman Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals outfielder who died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

“It’s going to be hard to put that aside,” Ventura said in Spanish on the eve of the most important start of his life, “but I’m going to throw everything I have out there. I’m dedicating that game to him.”

Two banks of lights in right field at Busch Stadium have been left on Tuesday night in memory of Oscar.