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Red Sox players fear for safety of family, friends in Venezuela

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — For Felix Doubront, Edward Mujica, and other Red Sox players from Venezuela, the familiar routines of spring training have been altered by concern for the safety of their family and friends back home.

Civil unrest in Venezuela has led to at least 13 deaths and dozens of injuries. As protesters take to the streets of major cities, President Nicolás Maduro has sent the military into some parts of the nation where tensions are at their highest.

Severe food shortages and violent crime are rampant. For the players, it’s a feeling of helplessness to watch from afar.

“People are scared. Everybody is scared,” Doubront said.

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