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Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in Dominican Republic

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Oscar Taveras gives an interview to sister station KTVI at 2014 Spring Training. (Photo: KTVI)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities say St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras’ death on his Twitter account. Taveras’ agent and the Cardinals’ representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.

The 22-year-old Taveras made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.