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Little League World Series players live in a homeless shelter

Twins Jorge and Javier Lopez now live in a homeless shelter
outside the boundaries of the Harlem Little League but
lived in the Harlem district when the season began, making
them eligible to play for Harlem.

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DAN LEWERENZ - Associated Press - August 16, 2002

When Kurt Tanabe gave up two runs in the fifth inning, manager
and father Clyde Tanabe thought about replacing him with first
baseman Cory Yuh.

Then he thought better of it.

"I just stuck with him," the Waipahu, Hawaii, manager said. "I
thought he deserved the ball if he was willing to keep going."

Good thing he did. Tanabe struck out the side in the top of the
fifth, and Travis Jones hit a solo home run off the top of the
wall in the bottom half, to give Waipahu a 3-2 victory over
Worcester, Mass., Friday night in the opening game of the Little
League World Series.

Worcester (0-1) tied it in the fifth when Keith Landers'
bases-loaded chopper drove in Kurt Sabacinksi. Micah
Golshirazian, pinch running for Ben Landers, scored the first run
on Gordie Lockbaum's line-drive double to right field.

"When you're pitching, you can't let that affect you," said Kurt
Tanabe, who also struck out three in the sixth.

Waipahu had not yet put a man on base when Tanabe, leading off in
the fourth, sent a 1-2 pitch over the center field wall to give
Hawaii a 1-0 lead. Isaac Moises followed that with a single, then
advanced to second on an error. Cory Yuh's hit to the center
field gap scored Moises.

Also Friday, Mitchell Belew hit an RBI single, scoring Michael
"Mikey" Valdez, in the top of the sixth to lift Fort Worth, Texas
(1-0), to a 1-0 victory over Webb City, Mo. (0-1).

Brendon Baker scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the
seventh inning to give Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1-0), a 3-2 victory
over Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (0-1).

Despite the on-field action, Little League found it impossible to
escape the rumors of scandal surrounding the Harlem Little
League, which opens play Saturday against Clemmons, N.C.

An article Friday in Newsday said that twins Jorge and Javier
Lopez lived in a homeless shelter outside the boundaries of the
Harlem Little League.

The article quoted the president of neighboring East Harlem
Little League, where the shelter is located, as saying that Harlem
had engaged in "blatant cheating."

Lance Van Auken, Little League spokesman and a member of the
committee that investigates eligibility issues, said Little
League received a protest citing the Newsday article from the
Bethlehem, Pa., team that lost to Harlem in the regional
championship.

Van Auken said the players had already been investigated and that
they lived in the Harlem district when the season began, making
them eligible to play for Harlem.

"The two players in question fully qualify without any waiver
needed," he said.

Van Auken would not name the players mentioned or their living
circumstances.



2002 Associated Press
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