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Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart dies in crash hours after start

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher NickAdenhart and two other people were killed Thursday when a minivanran a red light and struck their sports car.

Adenhart, 22, died after undergoing surgery, University ofCalifornia, Irvine Medical Center spokesman John Murray said.

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A fourth person remained hospitalized in critical condition.

The Angels confirmed Adenhart's death in a statement and said noother members of the Angels organization were involved in theaccident.

"The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today. We aredeeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts andprayers go out to Nick's family, friends' loved ones and fans,"general manager Tony Reagins said.

The team said Adenhart was survived by his parents, Jim andJanet.

"He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of anorganization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionatepeople," the family said in a statement issued through the team.

"The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick'sloyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always bein everyone's hearts forever."

Adenhart, of Silver Spring, Md., was the Angels' No. 3 starter.He threw six scoreless innings in Wednesday night's loss to Oaklandin his fourth major-league start and first of the season.

Adenhart and three other people were in a silver Mitsubishi thatwas struck shortly before 12:30 a.m. by a minivan that ran a redlight and also hit another vehicle, police said.

The sports car struck a light pole, killing three people inside.

Police Lt. Craig Brower said the minivan driver fled the crashscene and was captured a short time later. The driver was arrestedand booked for investigation of felony hit-and-run.

Adenhart, a right-hander, earned a spot in the starting rotationon an injury-plagued Angels staff by impressing manager MikeScioscia late in spring training.

The pitcher made his major league debut May 1 of last year, alsoagainst Oakland. He made two other starts, getting his onlydecision in a victory over the Chicago White Sox on May 12. He was37-28 in the minor leagues from 2005-08, including 9-13 last yearat Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Minnesota Twins held moment of silence before their gameagainst the Seattle Mariners. Also, there was to be a moment ofsilence before the start of the Texas Rangers' home game againstthe Cleveland Indians.

>> View photos of the crash and Adenhart's baseball career


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