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Obama set to watch Rays play in Cuba

Game is the first played by an American team in Cuba since 1999

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HAVANA – President Barack Obama will be in the audience when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Cuban National Team on March 22 on the island, according to an ESPN report.
 
“Americans and Cubans share a love of baseball, and this is yet another powerful reminder of the kinship between our peoples as well as the progress we can achieve when we leverage those natural ties," a White House official said Tuesday, via the ESPN article. 
 
Major League Baseball mentioned the trip via a tweet that said: “We are honored that @POTUS plans to attend the @raysbaseball game in Havana, Cuba, on March 22.”
 
The president responded with a tweet of his own that said:"Play ball!"
 
The Rays game will be the first time an MLB team played in Cuba since 1999, when the Baltimore Orioles  played an exhibition game there against the Cuban National Team.