BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

July 23, 2018

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BBO--CHINESE AIRHOGS

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -The starting lineups are introduced in English and Spanish at home games for the independent Texas AirHogs, and then the Chinese national anthem is played. The small ballpark in Texas just a few miles from downtown Dallas is home this summer for the Chinese national baseball team under an unprecedented setup. The Chinese players are part of a revolving roster in a professional league, getting to play more games and against tougher competition to strengthen their team for future international competitions like the 2020 Olympics. Their manager is John McLaren, a three-decade MLB coach who has been involved with the Chinese team since 2011. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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