Cuban Outfielder Urrutia Has Sights Set on Big Leagues

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Cuban Outfielder Urrutia Has Sights Set on Big Leagues

When he finally could see it, smell it, and feel the dirt of the baseball field underneath his cleats, Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia stopped for a moment and took a deep breath of satisfaction. Seven months since agreeing with the Orioles on a Minor League deal, Urrutia -- who had been stuck in Haiti trying to secure a work visa -- wanted to remember everything he could about that moment at the Orioles' Minor League facility in Twin Lakes Park on Monday morning. "[It was] probably the happiest thing that's happened to him the last couple of years," director of the Orioles Dominican Republic Academy Felipe Alou Jr., who served as Urrutia's interpreter, said at a press conference introducing him Wednesday morning. "He's really happy and thankful that the Orioles are giving him this opportunity."

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