July 20, 2009 7:39 PM

Good news from Iraq: National baseball team getting new gear

Iraqis may still be short of electricity and drinkable water, but Americans are stepping in to fill shortages faced by the national baseball team, whose equipment, documented by McClatchy last week, included a five-year-old bat, nine second-hand gloves and no uniforms. Since then, however, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has launced a nationwside appeal and the Iraqi baseball team is about to gear up.

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