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Baseball diplomacy as Cuba welcomes Tampa Bay Rays to Havana


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Baseball diplomacy as Cuba welcomes Tampa Bay Rays to Havana

As relations thaw rapidly between the United States and Cuba the two countries are to celebrate their new cordiality with a game of baseball.

The sport is massive in both countries and a much awaited match between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team goes ahead on Tuesday.

Cuban Dayron Varona plays for Tampa Bay and defected three years ago:“This is something I didn’t believe until I hugged my niece. Because it’s been three years that I haven’t seen my family and it’s something very thrilling, but also very painful.”

The new relationship ,may well lead to the exchange of players and regular matches between MLB and Cuban teams.

Before 1959, American baseball teams used to conduct Spring training on the island, and many local players competed in both leagues.

The game will be attended by US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro.

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