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Cuban baseball defector returns home under new law

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras (R) meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws. He was welcomed on Tuesday at Havana's Hot Corner, a mecca for baseball fans, by about 200 people who crowded around to get photos and autographs from the lanky right-hander. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras (R) meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws....more

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras (R) meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws. He was welcomed on Tuesday at Havana's Hot Corner, a mecca for baseball fans, by about 200 people who crowded around to get photos and autographs from the lanky right-hander. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws. He was welcomed on Tuesday at Havana's Hot Corner, a mecca for baseball fans, by about 200 people who crowded around to get photos and autographs from the lanky right-hander. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws. He...more

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws. He was welcomed on Tuesday at Havana's Hot Corner, a mecca for baseball fans, by about 200 people who crowded around to get photos and autographs from the lanky right-hander. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands beside his mother in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands beside his mother in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands beside his mother in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras walks in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras walks in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras walks in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a U.S. dollar bill for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a U.S. dollar bill for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a U.S. dollar bill for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands behind a street entertainer as he meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands behind a street entertainer as he meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras stands behind a street entertainer as he meets fans in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a copy of Cuban's Communist Party (PCC) official newspaper Granma for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a copy of Cuban's Communist Party (PCC) official newspaper Granma for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras signs a copy of Cuban's Communist Party (PCC) official newspaper Granma for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras poses for pictures with street entertainers in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras poses for pictures with street entertainers in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras poses for pictures with street entertainers in Havana January 29, 2013.REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras wears his 2005 Baseball World Champions ring as he signs an autograph for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras wears his 2005 Baseball World Champions ring as he signs an autograph for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras wears his 2005 Baseball World Champions ring as he signs an autograph for a fan in Havana January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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