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Dirk Nowitzki denied first pitch

Updated: October 19, 2011, 6:51 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers nominated Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before one of their home games in the World Series, but the recommendation has been nixed by Major League Baseball.

The Rangers confirmed that they sent Nowitzki's name as part of a list of first-pitch possibilities and that MLB decided not to use him. The club did not say why he was rejected.

Unlike regular-season games, all first-pitch assignments in the World Series have to be approved ...

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