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Ponson Reaches Settlement

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 12, 2005; Page D04

JUPITER, Fla., March 11 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson has reached a financial settlement with his accusers, the final step in fulfilling the terms of a dismissal of his court case in Aruba.

"All the conditions have now been satisfied and the proper documentation has been forwarded to the judge," said Barry Praver, Ponson's agent.

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Ponson, as part of the terms set by Judge Bob Wit, has already agreed to perform 80 hours of community service and make a substantial charitable contribution. Ponson spent 11 days in an Aruban jail after being charged with assault during an altercation with two people on Christmas day. Wit is expected to dismiss the case sometime early next week.

Ponson returned to the team a day after flying to the Dominican Republic to acquire his visa. He is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I would have usually gotten five starts in the spring and now I am getting four," Ponson said. "Sixty or 70 pitches would be nice. It could take me three innings or it could take me five or six innings. I don't think they want me to go six or seven innings."

Ponson threw a simulated game on Monday. Saturday's start will be his first of the spring.

"I am throwing the same way that I usually throw," Ponson said. "My last simulated game, I didn't hold anything back. I just threw like a normal game. But when you have guys that go against you, they want to beat your brains out and that makes it more challenging."

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The Orioles and the Florida Marlins got their first looks at first baseman Carlos Delgado Friday. Both teams pursued Delgado during the offseason before the Marlins landed him with a four-year, $52 million contract.

"We spoke to the Orioles like we spoke with other teams," Delgado said. "I'm not going to go through the details of what happened, because what has passed, has passed."


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