Sporting Digest: Baseball

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The Independent Online

Fresh after helping the New York Yankees win the World Series, their pitcher Orlando Hernandez could soon be reunited with his family, 10 months after he defected from Cuba on a raft. Hernandez's mother, two children and the mother of the children have been granted permission by Cuba to visit the United States, a officials said yesterday. The State Department said the family would return to Cuba after a brief visit. The pitcher, who is known as "El Duque" fled Cuba on a rickety raft with his wife, Noris Bosch, and six others. They eventually landed on a remote Bahamian island, where they were rescued by the US Coast Guard.

WORLD SERIES FINAL (San Diego) Game four: San Diego Padres 0 New York Yankees 3 (Yankees win best-of-seven series 4-0).