Rays looking for new talent in Brazil

Updated: April 18, 2009, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

IBIUNA, Brazil -- The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping a few Brazilians can handle a bat better than they kick a soccer ball.

Convinced that this nation of 190 million people is loaded with untapped baseball talent, the Rays are looking to break into the land of soccer by becoming the first Major League Baseball team to sponsor an academy in Brazil.

The Rays will invest $6.5 million in the next five years in the academy, which will train future players and promote the game locally. Up to ...

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