Hutcherson Of ‘Hunger Games’ To Toss Pitch At Reds/Marlins Game

CINCINNATI (CBSMiami/AP) — Actor Josh Hutcherson, who stars in the box-office hit “The Hunger Games,” will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Miami Marlins-Cincinnati Reds game April 7.

Hutcherson is a native of nearby Union, Ky., featured in the new movie about teens fighting each other to death in a bleak future. It opened last weekend with a $152.5 million box office, third-biggest ever.

Meanwhile, a Cincinnati-area resident with experience in a less-gory competition between youths will sing the National Anthem before the night game. Eben Franckewitz was a contestant on this season’s “American Idol.”

The Reds in recent years have followed Cincinnati’s traditional Opening Day celebrations with promotions for their second, “Opening Night” game. Reds players will walk a red carpet to greet fans before the game.

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