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Gov. Bentley to throw UA's first pitch Friday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Prior to the start of the Alabama baseball season opener on Friday night, senior outfielder David Kindred will be welcomed back to the Crimson Tide lineup following cancer treatment with a pregame recognition. Alabama Governor Dr. Robert Bentley will throw out the first pitch to begin the 2011 campaign at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, as the Tide takes on Alcorn State at 6:05 p.m.  

Kindred returns to the Tide lineup after missing the final 10 games last season. After leaving the team on May 27, 2010, due to shortness of breath and tightness in his chest, tests determined that Kindred had Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Following cancer treatment, Kindred returned to the team during fall practice and has been released to compete for the season opener on Friday. 

As a junior in 2010, his first season at Alabama, Kindred posted a .314 average with three home runs and 18 RBI in 34 games, while starting 23 contests, 22 as the squad's designated hitter. 

Prior to the start of the game against Alcorn State, Alabama Governor, Dr. Robert Bentley, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bentley, a resident of Tuscaloosa and a long-time season ticket holder for Alabama baseball, assumed his role as the 53rd Governor of Alabama on Jan. 17, 2011. 

An alumnus of the University of Alabama, Bentley graduated in three years while earning degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He then graduated from the UA School of Medicine in 1968. After serving in the United States Air Force (1969-75), Bentley returned to the University where he completed three years of residency in dermatology. After his residency, he opened his dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics

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