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Despite loss, Cuban fans are proud of their team

Updated: March 21, 2006, 3:05 AM ET
Associated Press

HAVANA -- A stunned silence fell across hundreds of fans crowded around a giant outdoor television screen in Parque Central early Tuesday as they watched Japan beat their beloved Cuban national team 10-6 in the World Baseball Classic final.

Earlier in the evening, the fans sang and danced to salsa music and boisterously cheered on the Cuban ballplayers as they struggled against the Japanese.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot," Alexei Serrano said of Cuba's loss.

Added his twin, Alberto: ...

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