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Girl throws BP to Rays

by The Associated Press on June 24, 2014 10:40 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays took batting practice against a female high school knuckleballer.

Evan Longoria, Jose Molina and David Price hit against 17-year-old Chelsea Baker from Durant High School in nearby Plant City before Monday night’s game against Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon met Baker recently at an awards ceremony and invited her to Tropicana Field.

Baker said the late major league knuckleballer Joe Niekro taught her to throw the fluttering pitch about 10 years ago.

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