Musashi Fuchu Little League baseball players spend eight to 10 hours a day on weekends practicing on this field on the outskirts of Tokyo. This traditional powerhouse team has won the Little League World Series twice before, in 2013 and 2003, but did not qualify this season. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Joshua Muwanguzi of Uganda's team throws to first base during the Little League World Series game against the Dominican Republic. Says Muwanguzi of his teammates: "They're like my brothers. They're like family members. Baseball has brought us together." Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images hide caption

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett inserts smokeless tobacco as he sits on the bench after being relieved during the eighth inning of a 2012 interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Tyler Saladino throws out Chicago Cubs catcher Taylor Teagarden during a game between the crosstown rivals at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 10. Tannen Maury/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Reporters and Major League Baseball employees watch a demonstration of new statistics made possible by technology upgrades at baseball stadiums during an April 20 news conference in New York. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A giant All-Star Game sign at Great American Ballpark during a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, on May 30 in Cincinnati. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price did not raise his voice as he delivered 77 profanities in response to a reporter's question. Joe Robbins/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, in Surprise, Ariz. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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At this stage in the election cycle, just like in baseball's spring training, fans love to see a new phenom catch fire. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, sporting a Milwaukee Brewers jersey in 2013, seems to be the rookie to watch in the 2016 presidential race so far. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Game clocks will be a common, and mandatory, sight at MLB stadiums in the 2015 season. But they'll only be used between innings, unlike pitch clocks like this one at an Arizona Fall League game. Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP hide caption

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (right) had two heart stents inserted Thursday. He's seen here during the Giants' World Series victory parade last year. Jason O. Watson/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Aug. 27 photo, members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team participate in a rally in Chicago celebrating the team's U.S. Little League Championship. Little League International has stripped the team of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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