Ex-MLB players die in crash
Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.
The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.
Heredia said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.
Valbuena was an 11-year veteran who played 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7.
Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston.