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Scalise to throw ceremonial 1st pitch at Nats-Cubs playoff game

This image from House Television shows House Republican Whip Steve Scalise speaking on the House floor of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (House Television via AP)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Nearly four months after he was gunned down at a baseball practice, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a playoff game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Friday night at Nationals Park, his spokesman confirmed.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip June 14 at a GOP practice for the annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. Four others were injured, including Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner. Suspect James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police.

The congressional baseball game went on at Nationals Park as planned June 15. Bailey threw the first pitch. Democrats won the game 11-2.

On June 21, Griner threw the first pitch at the congressional women's softball game. The bipartisan team lost to "The Bad News Babes" (members of the press) 2-1.

Last week Scalise returned to Capitol Hill, to raucous applause and bipartisan support. On Friday, Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter released the final incident report regarding the summer shooting.

The Nats will battle the defending World Series champion Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at 7:30 p.m.


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