Vahe Gregorian

Inspired Ventura pitches Royals into game seven

At his most conscious level Tuesday night, the Royals rookie pitcher was playing for this team and this city. Deeper inside, though, he was channeling his friend Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who was killed Sunday in a car accident, and the grief-convulsed Dominican Republic where they grew up.

Vahe Gregorian

Yordano Ventura keeps focus on game six, but also mourns Oscar Taveras

The death of Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who was a close friend, hit KC Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura hard. But he is still keeping his focus on the task at hand: pitching against the San Francisco Giants in game six of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Vahe Gregorian

Defense fails Royals at the wrong time

No offense and a less-than-perfect night from the defense did in the Kansas City Royals in a 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in game five of the World Series. In a cruel irony for the Royals, for a second straight night, one of the most dynamic and reliable elements of their game — one on which they soared here — turned its back on them.

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