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Hideki Matsui to throw out first pitch at Yankees’ Opening Day

Hideki Matsui throws batting practice at the

Hideki Matsui throws batting practice at the New York Yankees spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

Masahiro Tanaka will throw the first actual pitch of the Yankees’ 2016 season on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

But the ceremonial first pitch will come from former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui.

The Yankees host the Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m. Monday in what will be their 114th Opening Day game in franchise history. Gates open at 11 a.m., and on-field ceremonies will start around 12:30 p.m. All guests will receive a magnetic schedule for the Yankees season.

Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, also will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees Award” at the 37th Annual Homecoming Dinner following the game.

In seven seasons with the Yankees, Matsui hit .292 with 140 home runs and 597 RBIs.

The national anthem will be sung by Broadway star Carmen Cusack, now starring in “Bright Star.”

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