Tampa Bay Rays to play in Havana during Obama visit

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 5:44 PM

(Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Rays will become the first Major League Baseball franchise to play in Havana since 1999 when they face Cuba's national team in an exhibition this month coinciding with a historic visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The March 22 game, announced by MLB on Tuesday, has been planned for months. Major League Baseball, the organization that runs professional baseball in North America, said in November it would choose the Rays as the team to play in Havana if it could make a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing By Frank McGurty and Frank Pingue)