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Buffalo-born songwriter performing on MLB.com's Opening Day show

Buffalo native Willie Nile will be featured on MLB.com/Live as part of an Opening Day entertainment package beginning at noon today.

Nile, a Yankees fan, will perform his new baseball-themed song, "Welcome to the Big Show," as part of the two-hour segment.

The singer/songwriter and his band will also play other tracks from his upcoming album, as well as previously released songs "You Gotta be a Buddha (In a Place Like This)" and "Run." The show will also include Opening Day analysis from MLB.com's studio team.

Nile, now based in New York City, is widely praised by critics and the likes of fellow artists Bono, Lou Reed and Lucinda Williams. Nile was hand-picked by Bruce Springsteen to join him for a song during his November show in HSBC Arena -- rumored to be the E-Street Band's last with the Boss:

Nile, who usually returns to Western New York for a couple shows each year, lists an Aug. 11 date at ArtPark on his current tour schedule. The outdoor venue in Lewiston hosts free shows as part of its Coors Light Wednesdays series.

While in the baseball-themed music mode, here is another ballpark song from a Buffalo band (do your best to ignore the video quality):

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