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Despite rifts, US and Cuba share baseball ties

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1947 file photo, Jackie Robinson, of the Montreal Royals, looks at a roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Havana, Cuba, where he's training with the Royals, a Brooklyn Dodger farm club. It was during spring training in 1947 in Havana that the Brooklyn Dodgers got an extended look at Montreal Royals star Jackie Robinson, who later that year became the first African-American player in the majors. The Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announcement that the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation could usher in a new era in U.S.-Cuba baseball relations, which were strained after the Castro revolution and the U.S.-led economic embargo. (AP Photo, File)

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