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Curveball: Red Sox flip flop on governor's first pitch

Baker’s office sent out an email early Friday saying he would. But Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy told WEEI radio that Baker wasn't throwing the first pitch.
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Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays during an exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Hours before the first game at Fenway this season was set to begin, there was confusion about whether Republican Gov. Charlie Baker would be throwing out the first pitch. 

Baker’s office sent out an email early Friday saying he would. But Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy told WEEI radio that Baker wasn't throwing the first pitch.

"I can confirm that it's not Governor Baker," the Sox executive said. "We hope he's going to be there, but I can confirm that he's not throwing the pitch."

A bit later, a spokesperson for the team said Kennedy misspoke and Baker would be “one of the participants in tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.” 

The Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles for their first game of the shortened season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Sox Friday night. Eovaldi got the Opening Day nod after it was announced yesterday that Eduardo Rodriguez would be shut down from all baseball activities for at least a week after he experienced a setback in his return from COVID-19.

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And while Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch Thursday night at the Washington Nationals v. New York Yankees game (in case you missed it, it was a little outside), President Donald Trump announced he'll be throwing out the first pitch next month at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will be hosting the Red Sox that night.

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