Will Kevin Youkilis’ playoff magic dust positively affect the current crop of Boston Red Sox?

The former Red Sox infielder will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday at Fenway Park before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between Boston and the Houston Astros. The Red Sox announced Youkilis’ selection for first-pitch duties Friday in a statement.

Youkilis spent parts of nine seasons with the Red Sox from 2004 to 2012, helping the team win the World Series in 2004 and 2007. He won a Gold Glove at first base in 2007 and made the American League All-Star team in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 8:09 p.m. ET, but the team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. to participate in the pregame festivities.

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