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Associated Press, Published June 12 2013

Kansas City teen to throw first pitch via telerobot at Yankees-A's game

OAKLAND, Calif. — In what is believed to be a baseball first as far as ceremonial first pitches, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande will take the toss before the Yankees-Athletics game from his home in Kansas City, Mo., by using a robotic pitching machine.

A first pitch from 1,800 miles away — a neat new concept, indeed.

LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia.

The former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games. LeGrande and his family will be taken to a mini baseball stadium Wednesday, while a telerobotic pitching machine will be on the pitcher's mound at the Oakland Coliseum to follow the teen's movements. The technology will allow LeGrande to simultaneously throw the pitch and watch it happen from afar.


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