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 width=>>Matheny Stunned By Death of Taveras

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he's stunned by the death of 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras in a car accident and his players are struggling with deep anguish after losing their young teammate.

Matheny says he was asked to comment last night but couldn't because he was too grief-stricken.

Taveras and an 18-year-old woman were killed Sunday afternoon in a crash in his native Dominican Republic

Matheny says the team had forged deep ties and affection for Taveras, who debuted in the majors this past season and batted .239 in 80 games with three home runs and 22 RBI.

Several Cardinals players have expressed their sadness on Twitter.

Giants outfielder Juan Perez heard about Taveras' death during Game 5 of the World Series. He hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 5-0 victory and dedicated the hit to his fallen countryman.

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