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Former major-league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials in Caracas, Venezuela said Friday. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on Twitter. Four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes. Third baseman Carlos Rivero also was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay. Valbuena, an 11-year major-league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Angels. ... Free-agent pitcher Garrett Richards and the Padres finalized a $15.5 million, two-year contract.