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Espinoza to Throw First Pitch Tonight

Wizards defender Roger Espinoza will deliver the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium tonight prior to the Royals-Twins series finale. Espinoza will be honored for representing Honduras at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he started in two matches, including a 90-minute appearance against eventual champions Spain.

Espinoza is in his third season in MLS after being drafted by Kansas City in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of Ohio State University. He has appeared in 60 games for the Wizards, making 20 starts in 2010. He has one goal and six assists over the last three seasons.

Espinoza will be the second Wizards played to throw out a first pitch for the Royals in as many years. Kansas City captain Davy Arnaud threw out the first pitch to Kevin Hartman at a Royals game last season on April 29.

The Royals game will begin at 7:10 p.m. tonight as they go for the series sweep against division rival Minnesota.