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HOUSTON (AP)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig touted the progress the league has made in racial hiring practices while stressing his desire to increase the number of African-American players in the sport.

Selig spoke Wednesday at the MLB diversity business summit.

The league received an A in racial hiring practices in this year's annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. But the number of African-American major leaguers remained low at just 8.3 percent.

Selig says: ''We constantly strive to find ways that would make Jackie Robinson proud of his chosen sport.''

The Houston Astros co-hosted the event and owner Jim Crane says he's proud of the diversity in his organization.

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