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Red Sox welcome Brassard, Campbell family to field before game vs. Twins

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox continued paying respects to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing before Tuesday night's game against the Twins.

Ron Brassard, who was standing about 10 feet away from the first explosion and was struck in the leg, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Brassard, from Epsom, N.H., was featured in a People Magazine article that described his experience. As his 20-year-old daughter, Krystara, tried covering the wound with her hands, a nearby runner came to assistance and wrapped his shirt tightly around the gash before helping Brassard get to the medical tent. The helper: Robert Wheeler, 23, who is graduating from Framingham State this May and has connected with Brassard.

"What do you say other than thank you?" Brassard said in People.

The Red Sox also had a moment of silence for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old from Medford, Mass., who died in the bombing.

Accompanying the Campbell family was Medford mayor Michael McGlynn and the city's high school softball team, which has been honoring Campbell with black armbands and hasn't lost since the attacks.

Campbell's mother, Patricia, also threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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