Edinson Volquez learns of father's death shortly before starting Game 1

— -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The father of Edinson Volquez, the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, a family source told ESPNdeportes.com.

The source said Daniel Volquez, 63, died of complications from heart disease. The pitcher heard the news while on his way to Kauffman Stadium, where he would allow three runs on six hits in six innings of Kansas City's 5-4, 14-inning win.

Nonetheless, at 6:50 p.m. CT, as scheduled, Volquez went to the bullpen to warm up with catcher Salvador Perez to face the New York Mets in the first game of the Fall Classic.

The elder Volquez, a mechanic in the Dominican Republic, introduced his son to the game when he was about 10 years old. Edinson Volquez often returned home to visit his parents, and said not long ago that they were his biggest supporters while trying to make it in the big leagues.

Volquez is the second Royals pitcher to lose a parent in the past month. Chris Young, the team's Game 4 starter, suffered the loss of his father, Charles, to cancer on Sept. 26. The next day, Young pitched five perfect innings before leaving the team to be with his family in Texas.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.