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Cliff Avril Throws Out First Pitch At Tigers Game

July 8, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril reacts after throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
July 8, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril reacts after throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

On Sunday afternoon, Cliff Avril became the latest Detroit Lions player to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Detroit Tigers game. He was joined by actor and Michigan native Dax Shepard, who threw out his own first pitch.

Earlier this offseason, Matthew Stafford got to throw out the first pitch before a game against the Texas Rangers. Calvin Johnson threw out the first pitch before the Tigers took on the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he hit a home run during batting practice. More recently, Ryan Broyles threw out the first pitch before the Tigers took on the St. Louis Cardinals last month.

By the way, the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-1, meaning they finished the first half of the season on a positive note.

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