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Aldean headed to ballparks

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Jason Aldean is heading to center field.

The country star is partnering with Major League Baseball to launch a 50-date tour this spring that will include stops at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The “Burn It Down Tour” will kick off May 1 in Roanoke, Va.

More ‘SNL’ hires

“Saturday Night” is expanding its diversity off-screen as well as on.

A network spokeswoman, Lauren Roseman, said Wednesday that NBC’s comic institution is adding two black women to its writing staff.

The hiring of LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones as writers was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper said the two had been part of recent auditions focusing on minority women.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 70. Singer Rod Stewart is 69. Singer Pat Benatar is 61. Singer Brad Roberts is 50. Actress Trini Alvarado is 47. Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 35.

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