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PUERTO RICANS WELCOME BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENER.

Puerto Ricans on April 1 celebrated the first major league baseball opening day on the island, as the Toronto Bluejays and Texas Rangers squared off at San Juan's Hiram Bithorn stadium. Both teams have star Puerto Rican players on their rosters. Tickets for the inaugural game of 2001 were sold out within eight hours, and more than 20,000 fans packed the stadium. More than $600,000 was spent sprucing up the stadium named for Puerto Rico's first major leaguer. The island now boasts two Hall of Famers (Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda) and dozens of young athletes now active in professional baseball, some of them superstars.
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