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Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano takes a second job, thanks to Bandits outfielder

Pitching in: Center fielder CaitlLever isn’t only key player for softball's Chicago Bandits; she’s also mareasCarlos Zambrano will be their

Pitching in: Center fielder Caitlin Lever isn’t only a key player for softball's Chicago Bandits; she’s also the main reason Carlos Zambrano will be at their game Thursday. | Dina Kwit

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Updated: June 29, 2011 5:45PM

The National Pro Fastpitch Bandits will have a new pitcher in the circle for their game Thursday at Rosemont Stadium: Carlos Zambrano.

The Cubs right-hander is scheduled to deliver the first pitch before the Bandits’ game against the NPF Diamonds at 7:30 p.m.

Most responsible for Zambrano’s appearance is Bandits center fielder Caitlin Lever.

How did she lure him to a softball game on the eve of another Cubs-White Sox series?


‘‘@CaitlinLever’’ actually received a tweet from a Zambrano assistant about the concept. A few tweets later, and Zambrano was penciled in for first-pitch duties.

‘‘It’s pretty amazing,’’ Lever told Quick Hits on Tuesday.

So maybe a little BP for Big Z?

‘‘I hope so,’’ Lever said of batting practice. ‘‘He’s a pretty good hitter for a pitcher, so we’ll take some notes.’’

And the next trick is for the Bandits to toss out a first pitch at Wrigley Field.

‘‘That’s what I’m saying,’’ Lever said. ‘‘Return the favor.’’

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