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Red Sox donate unique items for LUNGevity auction

SAN DIEGO -- Ever wanted the chance to watch three innings from inside the Green Monster, peering out though the scoreboard at field level as the action takes place?

How about getting your son or daughter a pitching lesson with Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves?

Or perhaps you would be more interested in going golfing with Hall of Famer Jim Rice?

The Red Sox have made all three of these items available in the third annual Winter Meetings charity auction, which raises money for the fight against cancer. This year's auction is raising money for LUNGevity in memory of Monica Barlow, the Orioles' public relations director who passed away in February.

"Major League Baseball is honored to conduct fundraising efforts for LUNGevity in memory of Monica Barlow. As a social institution with important social responsibilities, our game's most valuable opportunities are those that make an impact on the lives of others," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "It is our privilege to contribute to an extraordinary cause."

The auction will be live on until Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.

All 30 MLB teams have made generous donations to the auction, including the chance to take batting practice at Comerica Park or Progressive Field, or play catch at fabled Wrigley Field.

There is also a meet and greet with Angels superstar Mike Trout, and even the chance to take the official lineup card to home plate before a game with Orioles manager Buck Showalter or Rangers manager Jeff Banister.

Last year, the auction raised more than $150,000. Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs are the founding partners of Stand Up to Cancer and a lead donor since 2008, committing more than $40 million. As the initiative's founding donor, MLB has collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer on significant awareness-building efforts, including public service announcements, in-stadium promotion and fundraising events, and a World Series game has been dedicated to the initiative for each of the past three years.

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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