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A matter of trust

Updated: September 29, 2004, 9:29 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

OCUMARE DEL TUY, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities are urging Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina to refuse paying any ransom for the release of his abducted mother, amid concerns that giving in to kidnappers' demands will set a dangerous precedent for other major leaguers and their families here in this baseball-mad country.

"If he pays, that means he doesn't trust us," said Joel Rengifo, director of Venezuela's anti-kidnapping police unit. "And that will affect other ballplayers because ...

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