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Yankees’ Rivera headed to Panama after family tragedy

October 11, 2004

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— New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was headed Sunday to Panama, a day after two of his wife's relatives were electrocuted while cleaning the pool at his home.

Victor Dario Avila, a cousin of Rivera's wife, Clara, and his 14-year-old son were killed Saturday, Rivera's cousin, Irma Rivera, told the Associated Press.

The teenager, also named Victor Dario Avila, apparently touched an electrical wire while cleaning the pool in Puerto Caimito, 40 miles east of Panama City. His father died trying to save him, Irma Rivera said.

It was not immediately clear when Rivera would return to New York, where the Yankees open the AL championship series Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Torre was expected to address the matter during today's workout at Yankee Stadium. New York advanced by beating Minnesota, 6-5 in 11 innings, Saturday, with Rivera getting the win.

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