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The Cuban-born 40-year scout who discovered Fernando Valenzuela and Yasiel Puig will give you an autograph Sunday as the Dodgers hold Cuban Heritage Day before a weekend day game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will also host performances by salsa bands at the monthly Viva Los Dodgers family friendly festival.

Viva Los Dodgers will begin at 11 a.m. at Dodger Stadium’s 76 station. The Arsenio Rodriguez Project, an all-star ensemble named for the father of salsa, and the all-female salsa band Las Chikas, will perform.

Long-time Dodger scout Mike Brito and broadcaster Manny Mota will sign autographs beginning at 11 a.m. Brito, a member of the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, has scouted for the Dodgers for nearly 40 years and helped in the finding and signing of Fernando Valenzuela, Yasiel Puig and several other Dodger players.

Dodger Stadium’s auto gates will open at 10:40 a.m.

More information on Viva Los Dodgers is available at and

Cuban American artist Willy Chirino, a Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, will perform the national anthem before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

A special ticket package, which includes a Cuba Heritage Day panama hat, is available at

Sunday marks the conclusion of both the Dodgers ninth annual ThinkCure! Weekend and MLB’s inaugural Players Weekend.

ThinkCure! Weekend celebrates cancer patients and survivors and pays tribute to the health care professionals and researchers supporting them.

San Diego State outfielder Chad Bible, a City of Hope Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient, will throw the ceremonial first pitch to his physician, Dr. Stephen J. Forman.

ThinkCure! Weekend has raised more than $2 million to help support research grants. Donations can be made by visiting City of Hope’s ThinkCure! website at

All 30 MLB teams are wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms for the weekend that began Friday.

The Dodgers are wearing a royal blue jersey with light blue sleeves and a light blue cap with a D in place of the familiar LA logo.

The overwhelming majority of players have a nickname on the back of their jerseys. Sunday Dodger probable starting pitcher Yu Darvish will have Yu- San on the back of his jersey.

–City News Service

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