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As Barack Obama watches Rays in Havana, Cuban baseball in crisis

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When President Barack Obama watches the Tampa Bay Rays play Cuba’s national team Tuesday, it will come at the deepest moment of crisis in more than 50 years for the island’s famed state-run baseball league. A flood of high-profile defections to the U.S. has gutted the country’s teams. Stadiums and fields are run down, and experts and fans say quality of play is too. The national team hasn’t won a major international tournament in nearly a decade. “It’s going through…

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BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set, Royals meet Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up. The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy‘s power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year’s near-miss. A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. “I opened it as a pick,” Johnny Avello,…

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7 questions heading into the World Series

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The World Series may not be what it used to be, but don’t tell that to the fans of the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Because of the spread of baseball around the world, the winner is no longer called “World Champion,” but Champions of Baseball will be perfectly fine with either team. On Tuesday night, the Mets and Royals open the World Series in Kansas City. The winner will still raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, which looks the…

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