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Rays choose HS prospect Beckham with No. 1 pick in draft

Updated: June 6, 2008, 1:43 AM ET
Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With the clock on the large television monitor ticking down to zero and a cluster of fans chanting from the balcony, commissioner Bud Selig stepped to the podium and announced that the Tampa Bay Rays had selected high school shortstop Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft.

Oh, how times have changed.

The annual 50-round marathon that began Thursday is no longer strictly held by conference call. A portion of the first day was televised live ...

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