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A fireworks show set to Prince’s greatest hits is scheduled to follow Friday night’s Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres game at Dodger Stadium.

Fans will be invited onto the field to watch the show, which will take place before 11 p.m. and is subject to cancellation if the game lasts too long.

Dodger broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra will throw the ceremonial first pitch in connection with the sixth annual Catholic Schools Night.

Garciaparra is an alumnus of St. Mary of Assumption Elementary School in Whittier and St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. His high school math teacher, Patrick McMorrow, and St. Mary’s Principal Marisabel Ortiz-Lopez will accompany Garciaparra on the field for pregame ceremonies.

“At St. John Bosco everyone on the team would get to school early on game days and attend service before school started and my faith has continued to be a big part of my life,” Garciaparra said.

“My parents gave me options and I looked at many different schools. I ended up falling in love with St. John Bosco and attending the school was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

The Military Hero of the Game will be U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Alatorre of San Bernardino, a recruiter for the Los Angeles Battalion.

Alatorre’s accolades include a 2008 Southern California Recruiter of the Year Award, Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown will throw a ceremonial first pitch and be joined by his “Dancing with the Stars” partner Sharna Burgess in declaring “It’s time for Dodger baseball” to officially start the game.

The national anthem will be sung by Aimee Garcia, who portrays Sgt. Didi Diaz on the new CBS crime drama “Rush Hour.”

Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 6:57 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game.

—City News Service

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