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Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen suspended five games

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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen managed the team to a 6-2 victory in Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon, promising to fly home to address his recent statements about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as soon as possible. It turns out Guillen will not be returning to Philadelphia until June 1, the next time the Marlins are in town.

The Marlins announced just prior to a news conference in Miami that the club had suspended their new manager, just a week in to his first regular season on the job, for five games. The suspension is effective immediately.

“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” the team said in a statement (via Palm Beach Post). “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.’’

Yesterday Guillen acknowledged that he wanted to address the Cuban community that is populous in Miami.

“I want the people there,” Guillen told news reporters before Monday’s game (via USA Today). “I feel very guilty, sad and embarrassed. Anyone who wants to be there, feel free. I want the Cuban people to understand what I’m going to say, because everything I’m going to say is true.”

The Phillies and Marlins resume their three-game series Wednesday night after a day off. Roy Halladay will take the mound for the Phillies, a week after opening the season with a 1-0 victory in Pittsburgh. Josh Johnson is the scheduled starter for the Marlins.

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