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Baseball briefs

June 6, 2001

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Red Sox take chance on Cuban pitcher

Boston Cuban pitcher Rolando Viera, who sued major league baseball in an attempt to avoid its draft, was selected in the seventh round by the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

"It was a gamble for us," Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said. "We've already been in touch with his agent. We're looking forward to sitting down and talking to him."

Cuban ballplayers seeking to join the major leagues typically defect to a third country, which makes them a free agent and allows them to sign with the highest bidder. But Viera left Cuba with a valid visa on April 25 and came straight to the United States.

According to baseball rules, that made him a U.S. resident subject to the draft. Viera sought a restraining order that would keep him out of the draft, but his request was denied Monday by a judge who said being drafted would not cause him irreparable harm.

Ogea allows one run in minor league start

Tampa, Fla. Chad Ogea allowed one run and five hits over 4 1-3 innings in his first minor league start for the Class-A Tampa Yankees in a Florida State League game Tuesday.

Ogea, who was scheduled to pitch five innings, had his start shortened by a rain delay. He struck out three and walked one during a 67-pitch outing against the Vero Beach Dodgers.

The former Cleveland Indians right-hander was signed to a minor league contract by the Yankees in early May. He is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery last June.

Ogea made two starts for the Yankees extended spring training team last month, allowing four runs over six innings.

Yankee prospect plays

Clearwater, Fla. New York Yankees third base prospect Drew Henson went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in an extended spring training game Tuesday, his first game since breaking his left hand seven weeks ago. Against the Philadelphia Phillies extended team, Henson had an RBI triple in the first inning and a two-run double in the sixth.

Guillen finishes rehab

Dunedin, Fla. Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Jose Guillen finished his rehab program Tuesday, going 3-for-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguers.

Indians recall Woodard

Cleveland Needing a long reliever behind their struggling starters, the Cleveland Indians recalled right-hander Steve Woodard from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and optioned Jake Westbrook to the Bisons. Westbrook pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night, leaving the bullpen short-handed. He struck out six in relief of Dave Burba.

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