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Nats team up with EPA, Coca-Cola for Earth Day

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coca-Cola to celebrate Earth Day at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when they hosted the Angels.

EPA deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe threw out the ceremonial first pitch and also participated in an interview that was shown pregame on the video board. Also shown were a public-service announcement from the EPA promoting action on climate change, and trivia segments in honor of Earth Day and promoting recycling and other green strategies. The popular Presidents Race also was set to incorporate a pro-recycling message.

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In addition, members of the Young Activist Club made up the night's Starting Nine -- who meet Nationals starters at their positions before the first inning -- as well as the announcer of the traditional "Play Ball," before first pitch. The Young Activist Club is a student group from Takoma Park, Md., trying to get rid of Styrofoam and other polystyrene to make their community a more green and safe place to live.

Coca-Cola's recycling education vehicle also was parked in front of the center-field gate, offering fans information about recycling as they entered the ballpark.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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