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Minor leaguer might face animal cruelty charges

Updated: April 23, 2003, 10:15 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A minor league pitcher might face animal cruelty charges for injuring a protected bird with a thrown baseball.

Jae-kuk Ryu, a 19-year-old South Korean pitcher for the Class-A Daytona Cubs, knocked an osprey from its perch during pregame practice Monday night.

“ I just talked to one woman; she wants him deported. People have zero tolerance for this kind of thing. ”

— Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife ...

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