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Baseballs in the making

<p>A baseball pictured without the cowhide is seen at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. The average baseball is only used for a few pitches in the U.S. Major Leagues, but for the Costa Ricans who make them, each ball is the result of hours of painstaking stitching by hand.      REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A baseball pictured without the cowhide is seen at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. The average baseball is only used for a few pitches in the U.S. Major Leagues, but for the Costa Ricans who make them, each ball is the...more

A baseball pictured without the cowhide is seen at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. The average baseball is only used for a few pitches in the U.S. Major Leagues, but for the Costa Ricans who make them, each ball is the result of hours of painstaking stitching by hand. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A worker weighs cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A worker weighs cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A worker weighs cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>Materials used to craft major league baseballs is displayed at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

Materials used to craft major league baseballs is displayed at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Materials used to craft major league baseballs is displayed at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A worker cuts cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A worker cuts cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A worker cuts cowhide, used to make baseballs at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A worker measures a baseball for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A worker measures a baseball for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A worker measures a baseball for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A worker selects baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A worker selects baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A worker selects baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>Baseballs are pictured at the Rawlings factory in in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

Baseballs are pictured at the Rawlings factory in in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Baseballs are pictured at the Rawlings factory in in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A baseball ready for export is pictured at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A baseball ready for export is pictured at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A baseball ready for export is pictured at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>Rawlings employees sew baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

Rawlings employees sew baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Rawlings employees sew baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A worker tests baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate</p>

A worker tests baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A worker tests baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball tournament at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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