Jeff Bridges to throw first pitch at tonight’s Dodger game

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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, left, and right fielder Matt Kemp celebrate after they defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in a baseball game, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, left, and right fielder Matt Kemp celebrate after they defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in a baseball game, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges will throw the ceremonial first pitch tonight for the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium, two weeks before the release of his latest film, “The Giver.”

Brenton Thwaites, who co-stars in the science fiction film, will officially start the game by declaring, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Ana Gasteyer will sing the national anthem.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Lisa Lakin will be honored as the Veteran of the Game. She is an independent duty corpsman with the 1st Medical Battalion at Camp Pendleton, where she is responsible for diagnosing and treating service members by responding to sick calls, acute illnesses and injuries.

Lakin recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. Her accolades include the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Lee Lacy, a Dodger second baseman and outfielder from 1972-78, will sign autographs in the right field pavilion plaza from 5-7 p.m., the same time as Tim Leary, a pitcher on the Dodgers’ 1988 World Series championship team, will be signing autographs in the left field pavilion plaza.

Lacy and Leary will both sign autographs in the Stadium Club from 7-7:30 p.m.

The crowd will include 250 students from Lynwood High School who will be attending through Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, which provides a reserve level ticket, voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage, a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T- shirt and transportation to the game for low-income, inner-city youths.

A fireworks show paying tribute to longtime Dodger announcer Vin Scully will immediately follow the game but is subject to cancellation if the game lasts too long.

All auto gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates at 5 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game.

 

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