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Soriano to seek Cubs' permission to play winter ball

Updated: November 25, 2006, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Alfonso Soriano wants to warm up for his Chicago Cubs debut by playing for his hometown team in the Dominican winter league.

"I'm going to ask permission to play for the Eastern Stars when I get back to Chicago for the press conference where they're going to introduce me next week," the slugger told The Associated Press on Friday after arriving in the Caribbean country.

Soriano's new eight-year, $136 million with the Cubs is the fifth-richest in major ...

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