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Baseball met with relief, cheers in Japan

Updated: April 12, 2011, 5:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CHIBA, Japan -- Players stood along the baseline, heads bowed. Fans observed a moment of silence. In the stands, spectators held signs reading, "Stay Strong Japan." Away from the ballpark, those who no longer have homes, watched the game on television from shelters.

It was time to play baseball again in Japan -- opening day. It was also a time for honor and remembrance in a country convulsed by a deadly earthquake and tsunami and worsening radiation leak.

"Despite the difficult ...

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