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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.

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