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Mom throws out first pitch at Trop

Mom throws out first pitch at Trop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Connie Webb, the winner of the Rays' Honorary Bat Girl Contest, threw out the first pitch and was recognized in ceremonies before Sunday's 6-5 loss to Cleveland.

 

Webb was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2009, and was diagnosed again a year later with a second, more aggressive strand.

Since then, Webb and her family have raised over $50,000 annually for cancer research through Relay for Life.

Seven members of the Rays' starting lineup -- David DeJesus, Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria, James Loney, Wil Myers, and Yunel Escobar -- all used commemorative pink bats on Sunday.

Logan Forsythe, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, also used a pink bat.

In the first inning, Joyce belted a home run into the right-center-field seats, using a pink bat, to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Joyce delivered an RBI single, scoring Zobrist.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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