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4-11: Louisville Bats vs. Mud Hens

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Pauline Lanctot of Carsonville, Mich., and Ian Malkoski, 11, of Toledo, wait for the start of the Toledo Mud Hens home opener against the Louisville Bats.

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Wanda Butts throws out the ceremonial first pitch the Toledo Mud Hens home opener against the Louisville Bats. Mrs. Butts is the founder of the Josh Project which provides swimming lessons for youngsters, in honor of her son Josh who drowned in 2006.

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Wanda Butts throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Wanda Butts celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch the Toledo Mud Hens home opener Thursday.

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Jimmy Deitrick, with aunt Jane Druhot, and her boyfriend Roger Shawley, stand as Jimmy's mother, longtime season ticket holder Sis Deitrick , who died, is honored prior to the Toledo Mud Hens home opener.

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Toledo player John Lindsey greets teammates during pregame introductions at Fifth Third Field.

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WTOL-TV, Channel 11 news anchor Chrys Peterson sings the National Anthem prior to the start of the Toledo Mud Hens home opener against the Louisville Bats.

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WTOL-TV, Channel 11 news anchor Chrys Peterson sings the National Anthem prior to the start of the Toledo Mud Hens home opener.

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Mud Hens starting pitcher Casey Crosby fires a pitch in the first inning as the rain came down on Fifth Third Field.

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Fans Bob and Ella Bilger of Northwood don't let a little rain spoil their enjoyment of the Mud Hens home opener.

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Mud Hens center fielder Quintin Berry reacts to a strike during game against the Louisville Bats.

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A small but hearty crowd braved the wind and rain to watch the Mud Hens battle the Louisville Bats on Opening Day in Toledo.

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Toledo shortstop Danny Worth tries to warm his hand while standing in the rain on Opening Day.

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Toledo rightfielder Danny Dorn tries to beat out a throw on an infield ground ball during the Hens' home opener. Dorn was called out at first even though the throw seemed to pull the Bats' first baseman off the bag.

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Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin argues with first base umpire Ryan Blakney after he called Danny Dorn out at first on a close play during the fourth inning.

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Toledo manager Phil Nevin takes the ball from starting pitcher Casey Crosby during the fifth inning as catcher Bryan Holaday looks on.

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Louisville's Denis Phipps scores in the top of the sixth inning as Mud Hens catcher stands by.

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Mud Hens catcher Bryan Holaday is out at second base on the first end of a double play, as Louisville Bats' shortstop Jason Donald throws to first base in the sixth inning.

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