Expos 5, Royals 4
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ After a 5-4 replacement victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, the Montreal Expos added nine players, seven from Venezuela and two from the Dominican Republic.
While foreign players are prevented from joining U.S. teams during the strike, Expos vice president Bill Stoneman said Montreal is not affected by U.S. immigration laws.
``We’re in a unique situation,″ he said. ``We are allowed to use these foreign players because we are a Canadian-based team.″
The newcomers, who reported to the minor league complex in Lantana on Saturday, are pitchers Ramon Garcia, Miguel Garcia, David Mosquiera and Julio Strauss; catcher Clemente Alvarez; and outfielders Rafael Delima and Raul Tovar. All are from Venezuela.
Pitcher Gabriel Ozuna and outfielder Sergio Cairo are from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.
``Most of these players have some experience at the major league level,″ Expos general manager Kevin Malone said. ``I know, for instance, that Ozuna was one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects a few years ago. We need some veterans to be competitive.
Phil Dauphin’s solo home run in the seventh inning, only the second homer by a Montreal player this spring, broke a 4-4 tie. Dauphin, who played at Harrisburg, Montreal’s Class AA affiliate last season, is with the team for exhibition games but has no plans to be a replacement player.