Top Cuban Player Slips Away From Team Hotel

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Yulieski Gourriel, right, playing in the recent Caribbean series.

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Lourdes Gourriel is also considered a good major league baseball prospect.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.

The departure of Yulieski and his brother Loudes was confirmed by Granma, the Communist Party newspaper in Cuba that serves as an outlet for official government statements.

The paper said on its website Monday morning that the Gourriel brothers had “abandoned” their hotel in “an open attitude of surrender to the merchants of professional baseball for profit.”

The elder Yulieski, 31, has…

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