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MLB optimistic Cuba will be allowed into tourney

Updated: January 19, 2006, 12:26 AM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Baseball officials are cautiously expecting good news soon from the Bush administration that would clear the way for Cuba to participate in the first World Baseball Classic.

"We remain guardedly optimistic and are looking forward to receiving a positive response to our reapplication, hopefully within a matter of days," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer.

DuPuy spoke Wednesday following a meeting of the owners' executive council. Several ownership ...

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