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ORIOLES FALL TO CUBA AS PROTESTORS TAKE TO THE FIELD

          The Cuban National Team defeated the Orioles 12-6 in
     front of 47,940 last night at Camden Yards.  The game game
     was delayed almost an hour in the first inning due to rain
     and saw demonstrations inside and outside the ballpark,
     including incidents in the fourth and fifth innings in which
     protestors ran onto the field.  In DC, Richard Justice
     writes that the event took on a "block-party atmosphere that
     had everything from mini-festivals and salsa music to
     politics and protestors" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/4).  The large
     contingency of Cuban fans apparently caught stadium vendors
     off-guard, as "all things Cuban or related to the game were
     sold out before the end of the first inning at most
     concession stands" (USA TODAY, 5/4).  About 600 media
     credentials were issued for members of 10 countries,
     including Japan, France and Sweden (USA TODAY, 5/4).  MLB
     Commissioner Bud Selig said that four teams have already
     inquired about playing a Cuban team next season (DETROIT
     NEWS, 5/4).  FSN's Keith Olbermann: "Yeah, Bud, but EIGHT
     teams have asked about getting the opportunity to play the
     ORIOLES next" ("Fox Sports News," FSN, 5/3).
          DEMONSTRATIONS: Five protestors were arrested in the
     fourth and fifth innings for trespassing, including one who
     was "body-slammed" by Cuban umpire Cesar Valdez while
     carrying a sign that read, "Freedom! Strike Out Castro!"
     (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/4).  Valdez, describing his actions
     against the fan: "Above all I am Cuban, and I don't have any
     reason for standing a lack of respect" (SUN, 5/4).
          REAX: Orioles CF Brady Anderson: "We didn't want to
     play today.  We would have preferred the day off"
     (WASHINGTON POST, 5/4).  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck called
     the game "a minor disaster and a major blowout" (SUN, 5/4). 
     In DC, Thomas Boswell: "Was this the most embarrassing
     defeat in the history of U.S. baseball?" (WASH. POST, 5/4). 
     
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