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Hatoyama throws pitch for Pirates game

Updated: September 25, 2009, 7:53 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, a noted baseball fan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers-Pirates game on Friday night.

Hatoyama didn't stand in front of the mound, as those throwing such pitches often do. Wearing a Pirates game jersey, he toed the rubber, went into a full windup and, like many Japanese pitchers, paused briefly in his delivery before throwing a low pitch that hit the dirt after crossing the plate.

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