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(NEWSER) – High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash.

The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to help the Cardinals steal a playoff game from the San Francisco Giants. Taveras, who the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls a "rising meteor of talent," was considered one of the game's leading hitting prospects; the Cardinals said he was their best since three-time MVP Albert Pujols.

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