CUBA'S ARMS SHIPMENT

TWO OF THE ISLAND NATION'S PREMIER PITCHERS TOOK A WALK AND ARE NOW STRIKING OUT ON THEIR OWN IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

FOR OSVALDO FERNANDEZ AND LIVAN Hernandez, the distance between Cuba and the U.S. is not the 75 miles of the Caribbean, and not the almost 40 years of bitter and sometimes deadly conflict. It is the 60 ft. 6 in. between the rubber and the plate.

Fernandez and Hernandez are pitchers, far better pitchers than Fidel Castro ever was, so good that they were national heroes in Cuba. As such, they were given certain entitlements. In the case of Fernandez, the best pitcher for Cuba during the past Olympics, the privileged life included a Moskvich car, immunity from food shortages, $5...

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