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Pudge to throw out first pitch before Game 4

Pudge to throw out first pitch before Game 4

Pudge to throw out first pitch before Game 4
DETROIT -- Former Tigers great Ivan Rodriguez hasn't been back to Comerica Park since he retired, but he'll be back on Thursday for the Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

The Tigers announced that Rodriguez, who originally was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for a potential Game 5, will instead do it for Game 4, which was pushed back a day by rain.

Rodriguez, whose arrival in Detroit as a free agent after the 2003 season marked the first big step in the team's return to glory, was a cornerstone on the 2006 team that stunned baseball by reaching the World Series, three years after the Tigers lost an AL-record 119 games in a season. He spent five years with Detroit.

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It was Rodriguez who paved the way for the Tigers to convince other top talent, such as Magglio Ordonez and Kenny Rogers, to come to Detroit.

Rodriguez retired in April after a 21-year Major League career. He was honored in a retirement ceremony in Texas, where he spent 13 seasons, but hasn't been back to Detroit.

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