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The Royals played their first home game today since 25-year-old starting pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a January car crash in his native Dominican Republic.

Royals players including Mike Moustakas, Chris Young, Christian Colon, and Danny Duffy laid a black banner reading ‚ÄúACE 30" on the mound at the start of a pregame ceremony that included a saxophone rendition of ‚ÄúAmazing Grace.‚ÄĚ

Royals GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost escorted Ventura’s mother, Marisol, to the mound to throw out the first pitch.


In the clubhouse, the Royals have filled Ventura‚Äôs old locker with photos of him in action and replaced the nameplate with an plaque reading ‚ÄúACE 30.‚ÄĚ