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Kansas City teen throws out 1st pitch at A's game via telerobot

  • Nick LeGrande is displayed on the O.co Coliseum scoreboard as he prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch using a telerobotic pitching machine before the New York Yankees against the Oakland Athletics baseball game on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. In what is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches, 13-year-old LeGrande made the toss from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., by using the machine. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — From some 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, Mo., 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game Wednesday night.

Into the glove of A's reliever Ryan Cook, in Oakland. It was all made possible by a telerobotic pitching machine, and is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches.

A first pitch from across the country — a neat new concept, indeed.

LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games.

"That a boy, Nick, pretty good arm there, bud," Cook said. "Congratulations, bud, you're in the big leagues."


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