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Cal Ripken Jr. speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Ripken Jr. took a message of hope and perseverance to Japanese children effected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Hall of Fame infielder, who earned the nickname "Iron Man" for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, put on a baseball clinic in Ofunato, Japan, as part of nine-day mission as a sports diplomat on behalf of the U.S. State Department. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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