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Jones set for first pitch before Padres' opener

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LOS ANGELES -- A beloved Padres sinkerballer will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's home opener.

Legendary lefty Randy Jones, who is battling throat cancer, will take the Petco Park mound in advance of Friday's home opener against the Giants. 

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LOS ANGELES -- A beloved Padres sinkerballer will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's home opener.

Legendary lefty Randy Jones, who is battling throat cancer, will take the Petco Park mound in advance of Friday's home opener against the Giants. 

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Jones -- who pitched for the Padres from 1972-80, while winning the '75 ERA title and '76 National League Cy Young Award -- said recently that he's "doing well" in his recovery. He finished 38 days of radiation treatment on Feb. 1 and must wait until May for another test to determine whether he's cancer free.

"Couple more weeks of prayers, and hopefully I've got all the cancer out of my throat," Jones said during Spring Training.

Jones also threw out the first pitch before the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.

The Padres also announced the rest of their Opening Day festivities on Wednesday. Stephany Negrete's national anthem will be followed by a flyover of F-35s. All fans in attendance will receive an Opening Day T-shirt.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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