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American pastime rising in Europe

As baseball gains in popularity, more MLB prospects coming from European nations

Updated: September 13, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

REGENSBURG, Germany -- The unmistakable crack of a Louisville Slugger rings out over the Danube, that bluest of European rivers, snaking east from here all the way to the Black Sea after splicing up Vienna and Budapest and Belgrade and Bucharest. On the other bank lies Regensburg, a town of 130,000 that was founded in A.D. 90 as a Roman fort on the very edge of civilization, where the empire ended and barbarian wilderness began. The city is situated in the heart of the southeastern German state ...

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