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Newman to throw first pitch at Dome
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10/02/2003  8:53 PM ET 
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Ron Gardenhire hoists Al Newman's jersey after clinching the AL Central title. (Jim Mone/AP)
NEW YORK -- The biggest moment of Saturday's ALDS Game 3 with the Yankees could occur for the Twins before the contest even starts.

Third base coach Al Newman is scheduled to throw the game's ceremonial first pitch at the Metrodome. Newman has been away from the club since Sept. 10 after suffering a brain hemorrhage before a game at Chicago.

The Twins say almost 56,000 fans are expected to attend Game 3 and see Newman's return to a baseball field.

"I think it will be a very emotional moment," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "It gives our fans an opportunity to let Al know how much they think of him and that they love having him back at the Metrodome."

Newman won't be on the bench for the 12 p.m. CT game vs. New York but will stop by the Twins' clubhouse for a visit with the players. The Twins were on the road finishing the regular season in Detroit and haven't seen their coach since he was released from the hospital Sept. 26.

Saturday's visit should prove to be a happy reunion.

"That's going to be great," outfielder Jacque Jones said. "It's always good to see him, especially after where he's come from."

St. Peter said that Newman will get to watch his team play from a private suite.

In a continued show of support, players hung Newman's jersey in their dugout during ALDS Game 2 -- as they have the past three weeks.

"Obviously, his health is more important than this game," Twins infielder/outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "For him to be able to come back to the game after what he's been through is awesome. I think it's going to boost our team and lift everybody's spirits to see him again."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This report was not subject to the approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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