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Mitchell Marner throws out first pitch at Blue Jays game

Maple Leafs forward threw a strike but got razzed by Brian Boyle anyway

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Marner throws out first pitch

Marner throws out the first pitch at Blue Jays game

Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays game

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Mitch Marner took the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday and it went a little better than his turn at the plate in April.

Marner was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Marner stepped up to the mound after a standout rookie season, teaming up with Auston Matthews and William Nylander to form one of the most formidable young rosters in the NHL.

Marner took batting practice with the Blue Jays some of his teammates earlier this season and he appears to have a better handle on pitching.

Tweet from @BlueJays: The Buds may play hockey, but they still hit ����at Rogers Centre today. Thanks for stopping by, @MapleLeafs! #LetsRise pic.twitter.com/fvtDtg2lpR

And while the crowd cheered, Marner had at least one critic in Brian Boyle, who spent last season with the Maple Leafs.

Tweet from @BriBrows22: Arm like a squirt gun. I do like the Jorts, though. https://t.co/xYBWWQh96X

The young star didn't get rattled though.

Tweet from @Marner93: Focusing on keeping it out of the dirt, I'll work on speed. Sorry Brian https://t.co/KiwwNOuzsy

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