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Honorary bat girl selected for Mother's Day game


LOS ANGELES -- Sara Aguilera, a mother of two who is battling breast cancer, will be the honorary bat girl on Sunday when the Dodgers host the Marlins on Mother's Day.

All 30 Major League clubs will have an honorary bat girl, chosen by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with the help of a panel that included Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, Yankees starter CC Sabathia, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Royals third baseman Alex Gordon, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Newtwork host and reporter.

Aguilera will be honored before Sunday's game and participate in pregame ceremonies. She will also receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.

Less than a year after her diagnosis, Aguilera founded an organization to spread awareness about breast cancer and raise money for those affected by it.

In celebration of Mother's Day, players will show their support by wearing the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Some players will use pink bats. The dugout lineup cards will also be pink.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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