MLB Notebook: Former Pirates pitcher Perez slain at home

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said Thursday.

Perez, who last played in the majors for the New York Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor who is involved in the investigation.

No one was in custody and authorities did not reveal whether they had any suspects.

“It's an act of criminality, unfortunately,” Valdemiro said, adding that there is evidence the killing might have been premeditated.

Perez's ex-wife Maritza Montero found his body about 8:30 a.m. Thursday and investigators said he appeared to have been slain about eight hours earlier. The precise cause of death has not been determined.

Perez, 55, who made his major-league debut on May 7, 1980, with the Pirates, played 11 seasons in the majors and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees. He was suspended in 1992 following two positive tests for cocaine. In recent years, he has had kidney problems.

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