The Latest: Ex-Indians slugger Thome to throw out 1st pitch

A small group of Cleveland Indians participate in an optional team workout at Progressive Field, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in preparation for baseball's upcoming World Series Game 6 against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

The Indians are bringing out one of their biggest bats for Game 7.

Jim Thome, the team's career home run leader, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Indians and Cubs meet with one of the franchises finally ending a long championship drought.

Thome was a member of the last Cleveland team to play in the Series in 1997, when the Indians lost Game 7 to Florida. He has attended several games in this Series. Thome grew up in Illinois and rooted for the Cubs as a kid.

But his allegiance remains to the Indians, whom he played for from 1191-2002 and came back in 2011. The slugger hit 612 career homers – 337 during his time with Cleveland – and he's immortalized with a statue beyond the center-field wall.

12:55 p.m.

There is a chance of rain in the late innings of World Series Game 7 at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper 60s or low 70s are forecast for Wednesday night. The chance of rain increases from 19 percent at 8 p.m. to 49 to 55 percent at 11 p.m., according to AccuWeather.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brian Wimer says in a statement: ''While a brief shower cannot be ruled out during Wednesday evening, if Game 7 runs late or goes into extra innings, then the chance of drenching rain will increase.''

Major League Baseball announced late Tuesday it was moving up the start time by 8 minutes to 8 p.m.

Last week, the start of Game 2 was moved up by 1 hour to 7:08 p.m. Light rain started in the eighth inning, and heavy rain hit shortly after the final out at about 11:15 p.m.