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Carlos Tosca's son to play in the big time

Not in baseball, mind you, but in another big time.

Bench coach Carlos Tosca will miss Saturday's game against the Pirates for what should be one of his proudest moments as a father. Tosca's son, Matt, is a concert violinist who will play New York's Carnegie Hall.

The performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall is presented by The Brandon Foundation and will benefit the C.J. Tosca Fund, which provides support for cancer patients in the Brandon area. Tosca and his wife, Geraldine, started the fund in memory of their son, C.J., who at age 2 died of neuroblastoma.

Matt Tosca, 18, will be accompanied by Alina Kiryayeva on piano and guest artist Victor Main on guitar. The performance will feature works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Paganini.

Matt must have "Practice, Practice, Practice".

Sounds like a great honor for the young Mr. Tosca and benefiting a very worthy cause.