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Intelligence services always go to bat for their informants in order to attract more informants.
Olympic champion Cuba has dominated international baseball because the best American professional players seldom go to bat for their country, so the unprecedented tournament in March could decide which country is king of the sport.
Giving baseball fans the opportunity to go to bat for causes that make a difference in their neighborhoods is a perfect example," said Tim Van Hoof, Assistant Vice President-Marketing at State Farm.