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Guilty plea entered in Cuban ballplayer smuggling

MIAMI (AP) A man accused of masterminding a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty Friday to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.

Eliezer Lazo, 41, entered the plea Friday in Miami federal court. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 additional years behind bars. Lazo agreed to cooperate with investigators, which could reduce his prison time when he is sentenced later this year.

Prosecutors say Lazo led an organization that smuggled Cubans by boat into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made. The cost was typically about $10,000 for each person, although it could be much higher in the case of Cuban baseball stars such as Martin.

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Leaders
AVG: A. Beltre.322
HR: A. Beltre17
RBI: A. Beltre64
SB: E. Andrus22
W: Y. Darvish10
ERA: Y. Darvish3.06
Saves: N. Feliz5
K: Y. Darvish182
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
LA Angels 7650.603-
Oakland 7452.5872
Seattle 6858.5408
Houston 5474.42223
Texas 4977.38927
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .256 (10)
Runs: 502 (17)
Hits: 1092 (13)
Home Runs: 91 (27)
Stolen Bases: 76 (12)
OBP: .315 (15)
SLG: .378 (21)
Total Bases: 1610 (24)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.77 (29)
Runs Allowed: 637 (29)
Saves: 23 (28)
Strikeouts: 906 (25)
OpBA: .280 (30)
OBP: .344 (29)
SLG: .440 (29)
Run Support: 4.07 (15)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
8/18 C. Pena Released
8/17 E. Beltre Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
8/16 E. Beltre Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation
8/15 J. Edwards Purchased From Minors
8/15 R. Ross Jr. Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
8/10 Y. Darvish Right elbow inflammation (on 15-day DL)
8/10 A. Rios Sprained left ankle (day-to-day)
7/26 N. Tepesch Left knee soreness (day-to-day)
7/22 J. Smolinski Bone bruise, left foot (on 15-day DL)
7/22 G. Soto off 15-day DL
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