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Orioles' Henry Urrutia expects to be a major leaguer

Orioles' Henry Urrutia expects to be a major leaguer

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When the Orioles made the unprecedented move to play the Cuban national team in Havana on March 28, 1999, the stated purpose was to improve relations between the countries through a sporting exhibition.

There was no way of knowing that 14 years later a young Cuban fan in the stands that afternoon would be wearing an Orioles uniform and preparing to play at their spring training complex.

Wednesday, 26-year-old outfielder and Cuban defector Henry Urrutia made his first public statements about receiving his work visa — after spending a total of 18 months in the Dominican Republic and Haiti — and finally joining the organization that gave him a...

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