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Dr. Fauci to throw first pitch at opening day for Washington Nationals

"Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career," the team tweeted in a statement Monday.

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The Washington Nationals announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the opening day game on Thursday against the New York Yankees.

Fauci is a Nationals "superfan," according to the team.

"Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title," the team tweeted Monday.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball games will be played without fans and extra precautions will be taken for players.