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Will Ferrell to play for Dodgers, Angels in spring training stunt

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Actor Will Ferrell talks with members of the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actor Will Ferrell talks with members of the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Will Ferrell has raked in box office millions over a career built playing the earnest goofball in a string of sports movies that's seen him do it all from lacing up his skates, starting his engines and hitting nothing but net.

Now he shifts from the silver screen to the baseball diamond for one of his wackiest stunts yet.

Let's play all 9!

The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. The event will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special in conjunction with the Funny or Die website co-founded by Ferrell.

HBO said Ferrell is dedicating his special to fighting cancer. He also will honor Bert Campaneris being the first to play all nine positions in a major league game five decades ago.

The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. He will play for all 10 teams involved, HBO and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday. The event will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special in conjunction with the Funny or Die website co-founded by Ferrell.

HBO said Ferrell is dedicating his special to fighting cancer. He also will honor Bert Campaneris' feat of playing nine positions in a game five decades ago.

Ferrell was expected at: Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics, 12:05  p.m. game start; Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Angels, 1:10 p.m.; Cincinnati Reds-Arizona Diamondbacks, 2:10 p.m.; San Francisco Giants-Chicago White Sox, 4:05 p.m.; and Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres, 6:15 p.m.

This story has been updated to include game times in PST.