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Honorary Bat Girl Chapaton throws out first pitch


DETROIT -- As the Tigers' winner of MLB's Honorary Bat Girl contest, Ann Chapaton was honored prior to Sunday's game and threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Chapaton, who is from Armada, Mich., was diagnosed with breast cancer while her children were young. She has since beat the disease and taken an active role in raising money for breast cancer research. Her team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure finished in the Top 10 for fundraising.

Each team's honorary bat girl was selected via fan voting as well as a guest judging panel that included Evan Longoria of the Rays and the Braves' Freddie Freeman.

More than four million fan votes have been cast since the program's 2009 inception.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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