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Final Five throw acrobatic first pitches, like McKayla Maroney, Dominique Moceanu

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Olympic gymnasts have been throwing ceremonial first pitches for years, but only recently have flips and cartwheels become part of the routine.

On Saturday, Final Five members Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian performed those acrobatics en route to their tosses to home plate at MLB games.

In July, Simone Biles did the same at a Houston Astros contest.

Heck, even Magnificent Seven team member Dominique Moceanu did so at a minor-league game in August.

The first time a U.S. Olympic gymnast flipped for a first pitch, and it went viral, was in 2014, when McKayla Maroney did so at a Chicago White Sox game.

The other four 2012 Olympic team members — Gabby DouglasAly RaismanJordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross — have thrown first pitches of the more traditional variety. As have Nastia LiukinShawn JohnsonCarly Patterson and Mary Lou Retton (Retton once threw one underhand).

Of everyone, Kocian appeared to enjoy herself the most.

Her love for the Rangers may have sparked in June 1997, when her father had to leave a game at The Ballpark in Arlington during the first weekend of interleague play in MLB history for Kocian’s birth.

On Saturday, Kocian said she preferred meeting Rangers All-Star Adrián Beltré — and receiving an autographed bat — to Beyoncé at the MTV Video Music Awards six days earlier.

“It was very fun meeting Beyoncé, she was very nice, and I’m happy that we got to present her a VMA,” Kocian said Saturday. “But I’m a very big Rangers fan, so Beltré giving me the bat was just the cherry on top.”

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track silver medalist, promoted in Chicago White Sox system

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Eddy Alvarez was promoted within the Chicago White Sox organization Wednesday, moving to High A as the Sochi Olympic short track speed skating silver medalist continues to shine 13 months after signing a minor-league deal with the baseball club.

Alvarez, 25, hit .285 with a.408 on-base percentage, two home runs, 23 doubles and 39 RBIs in 89 games for Single-A Kannapolis (N.C.) of the South Atlantic League this season before the call-up to High-A Winston-Salem.

The Miami native nicknamed “the Jet” stole 42 bases and made the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He led the league in walks (69) and runs scored (64) before his promotion.

Alvarez, a shortstop, earned silver with the U.S. 5000m relay team at the Sochi Winter Games.

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Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez promoted in White Sox system

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Olympic short track speed skater Eddy Alvarez took the next step in his baseball career, getting promoted from the Arizona Rookie League to Class A in the Chicago White Sox system.

Alvarez, a Sochi 5000m relay silver medalist, signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox in June and played 27 games with the club’s Arizona League team before the promotion to the Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators of the South Atlantic League.

Alvarez, 24, was an all-conference Salt Lake Community College shortstop before taking up short track and making his first Olympic team for Sochi.

He hit .291 with his first two professional home runs and 12 RBI in the Arizona League, including an eight-game hitting streak near the end of July, prompting him to set a goal of being promoted by the end of the season.

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