Yordano Ventura honored his close friend Oscar Tavares the best way he could. With the initials of the late Cardinals outfielder scrawled on his hat, the Kansas City Royals' rookie flamethrower mowed down the hot-hitting Giants on Tuesday night. Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings in a 10-0 rout of San Francisco that forced a deciding Game 7. ''If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me and very proud,'' said Ventura, who also inscribed ''RIP'' and Taveras' minor league jersey number on his cap.
There was a moment of silence before Game 6 of the World Series to honor Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in an automobile accident last weekend in the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old Taveras, who made his big league debut this season, was buried earlier Tuesday in a funeral attended by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak. Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who was close friends with Taveras from their days in the minor leagues, paid tribute to the late outfielder by writing ''RIP O.T'' on his blue cap. Ventura also wrote ''(hash)18,'' the number that Taveras wore when he played in the minors.
Several St. Louis Cardinals were among thousands of people who crowded into a cemetery near the Dominican Republic's north coast for Tuesday's burial of former major league outfielder Oscar Taveras. Some people clutched pictures of Taveras as they walked behind his coffin and entered the municipal cemetery in the town of Sosua. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak, manager Mike Matheny, second baseman Matt Carpenter and pitcher Carlos Martinez were among the mourners from Taveras' major league team.