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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 8:08 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Randy Johnson’s perfect game on Sunday, May 18 with a pregame ceremony honoring the D-backs’ legend. Johnson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch three weeks from tomorrow prior to the game against the Dodgers. His catcher will be Robby Hammock, who caught the perfect game a decade ago.

Johnson retired all 27 batters he faced on May 18, 2004 in Atlanta’s Turner Field, striking out 13 including the final hitter of the game, Eddie Perez, on a 98 mph fastball.

The perfect game was the first in the National League in nearly 13 years (since Dennis Martinez on July 28, 1991) and was the second no-hitter of Johnson’s career. At 40 years of age, Johnson became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game, surpassing Cy Young, who was 37 when he achieved the feat in 1904.

Tickets for the game are available at the Chase Field Box Office, (602) 514-8400 or at dbacks.com/tickets. The first 10,000 moms will receive a pair of D-backs slippers, courtesy of Diet Pepsi.

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