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Navy, Air Force to play 3-game series in Kinston

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KINSTON, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's reputation as the nation's most military friendly state takes on a new spin as two baseball teams come to the state for a weekend series.

The US Naval Academy and the US Air Force Academy will play a three-game series beginning Friday in Kinston. It marks the first annual Freedom Series.

For the fourth time in the last five years, the Midshipmen posted a 30-win season in 2010, but 10 seniors graduated from that team, taking 50 percent of the club's hits and RBIs with them.

Air Force struggled to a 13-42 record last season. This year's team will be led by first-year coach Maj. Mike Kazlausky.

Friday's game starts at 6 p.m. The Saturday contest begins at 2 p.m. and the series finale starts at 12:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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