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Tampa Bay Rays facts: home opener against New York Yankees

Today's schedule

2: Parking lots open

4: Gates open; Rays players greet fans at rotunda entrance and Gate 4

4:40: Rays batting practice

5:25: Yankees batting practice

6:37: Introduction of starting lineups

6:50: National anthem by BK Jackson, 17-year-old saxophonist from Tampa's Blake High; unfurling of 300- by 150-foot flag in the shape of continental United States; colors presented by U.S. Central Command Joint Service color guard

6:52: Ceremonial first pitch by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

7: Raising of AL East and AL championship banners above leftfield by team officials, staff and players assisted by MacDill Air Force Base Joint Communications Support Element

7:08: First pitch by Scott Kazmir

Details: The Rays are 5-6 in home openers. … This is the latest they have played a home opener. … It is the second time they have opened at home against the Yankees; also 2004 after starting the season in Japan. … The opener sold out Feb. 26, but tickets for all other games are available.

Coming up

Tuesday: vs. Yankees; pregame AL championship ring ceremony; replica rings for all fans

Wednesday: vs. Yankees; presentation of Carlos Peña's Gold Glove award; AL championship cowbells for all fans

Thursday: vs. White Sox

Friday: vs. White Sox

Saturday: vs. White Sox; presentation of Evan Longoria's AL rookie of the year award; AL championship trophy replicas for all fans

Sunday: vs. White Sox; presentation of Joe Maddon's AL manager of the year award; AL championship pennants to first 10,000 kids

Tampa Bay Rays facts: home opener against New York Yankees 04/12/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 12, 2009 6:50pm]
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