Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
The five runs the San Diego Padres scored against the Los Angeles Angels must have seemed like five dozen to Andrew Cashner, who has been waiting quite a while for his teammates to reward him for his consistent pitching.
A.J. Burnett is baseball's leader in earned run average and will put that distinction to the test when the Pittsburgh Pirates open a four-game series Thursday against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.