Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays opening day timeline

Opening day timeline

11 a.m.: Trop parking lots open

12:10 p.m.: Gates open, with Rays players greeting fans first few minutes

12:20: Rays batting practice

1:20: Orioles batting practice

2:46: Introductions

2:57: Moment of silence

2:58: National anthem, performed by Tampa Bay area saxophonist BK Jackson, fourth opener. Colors presented by U.S. Centcom Joint Service Color Guard

3:02: Ceremonial first pitch, senior adviser Don Zimmer, entering his 65th season of pro baseball, joined by his family: wife Soot, son Tom, daughter-in-law Marian, grandsons Bo and Ron

3:08: Rays take the field, to Bang a Gong (Get It On)

3:10: First pitch, by Cy Young Award winner David Price

For openers

How Rays have fared in openers:

1998 vs. Detroit 11-6 L

1999 at Baltimore 10-7 L

2000 at Minnesota 7-0 W

2001 vs. Toronto 8-1 W

2002 vs. Detroit 9-5 W

2003 vs. Boston 6-4 W

2004 vs. New York* 8-3 W

2005 vs. Toronto 5-2 L

2006 at Baltimore 9-6 L

2007 at New York 9-5 L

2008 at Baltimore 6-2 W

2009 at Boston 5-3 L

2010 vs. Baltimore 4-3 W

2011 vs. Baltimore 4-1 L

2012 vs. New York 7-6 W

2013 vs. Baltimore

Leading men

The Rays' opening day starters by position:

Catcher (5): Toby Hall 5; John Flaherty, Dioner Navarro 4; John Jaso 1; Jose Molina 1

First base (7): Fred McGriff, Carlos Peña 4; Travis Lee 3; Steve Cox, Dan Johnson, Tino Martinez, Ty Wigginton 1

Second base (10): Miguel Cairo 3; Brent Abernathy, Jorge Cantu, Aki Iwamura 2; Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, Rey Sanchez, Bobby Smith, B.J. Upton, Ben Zobrist 1

Shortstop (9): Jason Bartlett, Julio Lugo, Kevin Stocker 3; Reid Brignac, Chris Gomez, Felix Martinez, Rey Ordonez, Sean Rodriguez, Ben Zobrist 1

Third base (10): Evan Longoria 4; Wade Boggs, Aubrey Huff 2; Willy Aybar, Vinny Castilla, Alex Gonzalez, Aki Iwamura, Herbert Perry, Damian Rolls, Bobby Smith 1

Leftfield (7): Carl Crawford 8; Greg Vaughn 2; Johnny Damon, Matt Joyce, Mike Kelly, Paul Sorrento, Jason Tyner 1

Centerfield (10): B.J. Upton 3; Rocco Baldelli, Gerald Williams, Randy Winn 2; Elijah Dukes, Joey Gathright, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Quinton McCracken, Chris Singleton 1.

Rightfield (10): Ben Grieve, Dave Martinez 3; Ben Zobrist 2; Jose Cruz Jr., Gabe Gross, Eric Hinske, Damon Hollins, Aubrey Huff, Matt Joyce, Delmon Young 1

DH (13): Pat Burrell, Jose Canseco 2; Rocco Baldelli, Steve Cox, Cliff Floyd, Jonny Gomes, Aubrey Huff, Jeff Keppinger, Al Martin, Josh Phelps, Manny Ramirez, Paul Sorrento, Greg Vaughn 1

Pitchers (10): James Shields 4; Wilson Alvarez, Scott Kazmir 2; Dewon Brazelton, Joe Kennedy, Albie Lopez, David Price, Tanyon Sturtze, Steve Trachsel, Victor Zambrano 1

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