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Jepsen's first pitch at Rays game wasn't a hit

Maybe they will call, but will the Tampa Bay Rays ever ask pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to throw out another first pitch? Maybe not, after Jepsen made what may be one of the worst ceremonial tosses ever.
Jepsen, at Tropicana Field for a postgame concert, received the honor before the Rays played the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Her wind-up on the mound was fine, but the release was more than just a bit outside. The ball landed to her left, about 55-feet short of home plate, then rolled before ricocheting off photography equipment on the first-base line.
Rays pitcher Matt Moore, who was sent out to receive the pitch, briefly lost his footing trying to catch up to the wayward ball.
The Canadian singer, wearing a No. 8 Rays jersey, took her mishap in good spirit - laughing, covering her face and raising her arms in momentary embarrassment. She later poked more fun at herself on her Twitter account, posting photos of the toss.
But it didn't take long for Jepsen to join a rogue's gallery of laughable first pitches, getting a "SportsCenter" moment on ESPN while the video went viral on the Internet.
She's now a category with some less-than-stellar efforts, including a 2009 toss before a New York Mets game by Gary "Baba-Booey" Dell'abate, producer of Howard Stern's radio show. His overthrow struck an umpire standing several feet from the home plate.
Some other errant tosses have been attributed to Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory before a 2007 Red game, track star Carl Lewis at a 2003 Seattle Mariners game and basketball player John Wall before a 2011 Washington Nationals game.
In all fairness, Jepsen, 27, threw out the ceremonial pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game in April that easily crossed the plate, although she was standing about 10 feet in front of the pitcher's mound.
And Sunday's postgame concert? By most accounts, she was in perfect pitch.
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