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Happy Dallas Braden Day

Perfect pitcher's grandma to throw tonight's first pitch



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    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 09: Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 9, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    It's a big day for Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden. As a matter of fact it's HIS day, officially.

    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums officially declared Friday "Dallas Braden Day" in honor of the pitcher's perfect game on May 8. It was only the 19th perfect pitch game in Major League Baseball's 134-year history. The team will honor the lefty on the field at a special ceremony before the game Friday night.

    The A's take on the San Francisco Giants for the "Bay Bridge Series" all weekend. Braden won't be pitching in the series but his grandma will -- she's throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Friday night game. The lefty was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer.

    Braden, who hails from Stockton, is only the second A's player to throw a perfect game. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter did it in 1968.

    Tonight's game will air on NBC Bay Area starting at 7 p.m.