Willie Mays is among honored veterans

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel is flanked by Willie Mays (left) and Giants pitcher Barry Zito before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 on Thursday.

Major League Baseball held a ceremony before Game 2 honoring World War II-era veterans who also played in the majors as part of its Welcome Back Veterans program.


Nicholas Kimmel, a corporal in the Marines, threw out the first pitch with Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who missed most of 1952 and all of the 1953 season to serve in the Army in Korea.

Kimmel was injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan on Dec. 1, 2011.

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda and Hall of Fame broadcasters Bob Wolff and Jerry Coleman – also a former All-Star – and former All-Star Lou Brissie, of North Augusta, also were among those honored.

INJURED FAN RETURNS: Bryan Stow, the San Fran­cisco Giants fan brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011, attended Game 2 of the World Series as a guest of the team.

Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said Stow’s family has requested privacy.

After Stow was assaulted outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011, he spent months at a Los Angeles hospital in a medically induced coma. Stow sustained serious brain injuries during the attack.

During Thursday’s game, the scoreboard greeted Stow with the message “Welcome to Bryan Stow and his family.”

YANKEES: General manager Brian Cashman said closer Mariano Rivera informed him earlier this week that he is unsure if he will play again or retire.

Cashman told ESPN.com that on Tuesday he and Rivera had a conversation in which Rivera said he does not know yet if he will return for a 19th season.

“He wasn’t certain on what he is going to do,” Cash­man said.

After he crumbled to the turf and tore his ACL in Kansas City in early May, Rivera vowed he would return in 2013.

• Team ace CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow on Thursday.

Dr. James Andrews did the surgery.

TIGERS: Former pitcher Leslie Mueller, known for taking the mound for more than 19 innings in one game, died Thursday in Illinois.

He was 93.

Mueller is best known for pitching 19⅔ innings during a game against the Philadelphia Athletics, which ended after 24 innings in a 1-1 tie.