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Padres use 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor to throw out first pitch

Clayton Richard got the start for the Padres in Sunday’s game against the Tigers. But the best pitch Sunday at Petco Park may have come from a retired Navy officer.

Lt. Jim Downing is the second-oldest survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game.

Downing had some showmanship, too. The 103-year-old war veteran stood up from his motorized wheelchair and wound up his arm a couple of times before skipping the ball to home plate to the roar of the crowd.

For Richard and Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, it was a tough act to follow. Zimmermann surrendered a first-inning solo home run to Wil Myers as the Padres grabbed an early 1-0 lead.

Porter is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offer from another team. Washington would like to get a deal in place sooner rather than later, though, because matching an outside offer could become an expensive proposition.

Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported last month the Nets, Magic and Sixers will consider chasing Porter, but the Wizards don’t plan on letting him go. Porter hit career-highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds per game (6.4) and effective field goal percentage (60.8) while playing strong defense on the wing.

Keeping Porter may not come cheap, but Washington won’t blink when it comes down to deal time.

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