Posada throws out 1st pitch at Yanks' home opener

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Jorge Posada has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees' home opener.

Wearing jeans and a dark blue shirt, the recently retired catcher was given a 1-minute standing before he emerged from the Yankees dugout. He then threw a soft, high pitch to his father, Jorge Posada Sr.

Yankees starters, standing in arc on the grass behind the mound, exchanged hugs with Posada. When the 40-year-old headed back to the dugout, he hugged Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Girardi.

A five-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Posada retired in January after 17 big league seasons, all with the Yankees. He had a .273 career batting average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs.