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Bush to throw out first pitch

3/30/2009 - MLB Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former President George W. Bush will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Texas Rangers.

Bush will become the third U.S. president to throw out the first pitch for a Rangers home opener when Texas plays the Cleveland Indians on April 6.

Gerald Ford did the honors in 1976, just four years after the Rangers left Washington, D.C., for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, threw out the first pitch in 1991.

Bush, who lives in Dallas, threw out the first pitch for the Rangers in 2000 when he was Texas governor.

Before he was elected governor, Bush was managing general partner of the Rangers from 1989-94.