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09/02/09 10:45 PM ET

Griffin slam dunks first-pitch duties

Clippers' top pick fires a strike to Dodgers' Kemp

LOS ANGELES -- Pitching can be a dicey thing for taller people.

So when the 6-foot-10 Blake Griffin got ready to unleash his ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, there was potential for embarrassment.

But Griffin threw a strike to Matt Kemp and successfully completed one of his first major tasks as the new face of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Griffin was the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft. Griffin starred for the University of Oklahoma last season and won the Naismith Award, the John Wooden Award and many other postseason accolades.

David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.