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Kurt Busch at the center of first-pitch drama as Fox Sports air replay by NASCAR driver rather than Amy Schneider live

NASCAR star Kurt Busch threw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game this weekend.

At least that’s what it would have looked like to viewers on TV.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch threw the first pitch in front of the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch threw the first pitch in front of the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies on ThursdayCredit: AP
Amy Schneider had the honor Saturday before the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Amy Schneider had the honor Saturday before the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles DodgersCredit: AP

Busch appeared on television coverage just before Saturday’s San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game to throw the first pitch.

But the fans in the stadium at Oracle Park saw a different story.

Amy Schneider, who entered the Tournament of Champions as the first transgender contestant on Jeopardy, was invited to pitch the first pitch at the Giants’ Pride Day.

But Fox Sports broadcaster instead showed a taped first pitch from Busch rather than Schneider.

Busch threw the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies.

A Fox Sports spokesman insists they had no intention of “overshadowing” Schneider and instead were trying to promote Nascar.

A statement provided to SFGate.com said, “On Saturday, as part of a promotional package for the weekend’s NASCAR race in Northern California, we broadcast a recorded first pitch from famed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

“This promotion should in no way overshadow the ceremonial first pitch for the game as it is not routinely aired for us.”

Just before Saturday’s game, play-by-play announcer Adam Amin said, “Kurt Busch kicked out the first pitch.

“Of course we have the Sonoma NASCAR race tomorrow. That’s what you’ll see on the Fox networks.”

And Giants NBC Sports Bay Area announcer Duane Kuiper addressed the confusion during Sunday’s game.

Kuiper said: “I wanted to make a correction to what I saw on the Fox show yesterday.

“The show implied that Kurt Busch threw out the first pitch yesterday, which was not true.

“Kurt Busch kicked out the first pitch on Thursday. It was Amy Schneider from ‘Jeopardy!’ Glory throwing out the first pitch yesterday on Pride Day.

“So I just wanted to make sure she got her rights.”

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