Ex-MLB play­ers die in crash

Tulsa World - - Sports -

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.

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