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Forty pitches honor military on Memorial Day

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MILWAUKEE -- Catching duties for the ceremonial first pitch usually fall to a low man on the depth chart. Not Monday, when all of the Brewers and Twins took part in a special pregame ceremony.

They marked Memorial Day by handling first pitches from 40 active military service members, veterans and military dependents. The "mass first pitch" came moments after a rendition of the national anthem from Staff Sergeant Korin Saal of the Army National Guard.

"I think it means a lot," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "The reason why we're able to play this game for a living is because of our veterans, guys and women who risked their lives for our freedom, going all the way back to the founding of our country. It's important that we honor them and not take them for granted."

Lucroy is a supporter of the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low-cost housing to military veterans and their families.

On Monday, both teams wore special camouflage caps and uniforms. At 3 p.m. CT, the Brewers planned to pause the game for an MLB-wide moment of silence in the National Moment of Remembrance.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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