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Tampa Bay Rays opening day schedule

Opening day schedule

10 a.m.: Stadium parking lots open

12:10 p.m.: Stadium gates open; Rays player greets fans at rotunda entrance

12:25-1:25: Rays batting practice

1:25-2:05: Yankees batting practice

2:05-2:15: Rays infield practice

2:15-2:25: Yankees infield practice

2:44: Ceremonial first pitch, by Jim Dundee, son of the late legendary boxing trainer and Rays fan Angelo Dundee

2:45: Introductions, starting lineups

2:56: National anthem, by Tampa Bay area saxophonist B.K. Jackson; colors presented by St. Petersburg Police Department Honor Guard

3:03: Raising of 2011 AL wild-card banner, including members of Rays athletic training staff, in acknowledgement of their contributions

3:08: Rays take the field

3:10: First pitch by James Shields

Free shuttle service

Pickup on Second Street between Central and First Avenue South, from 90 minutes before game until 1 hour after. Visit for info.

By the numbers

53 Major-league opening days for senior adviser Don Zimmer, 64th season in pro ball.

40-15 Rays record past four years with crowds of more than 30,000.

11 Opening days for 3B coach Tom Foley, most in Rays history.

7-7 Rays record on opening day, 4-3 at home.

4 Opening day starts for James Shields (1-1 record, 4.91 ERA).

.571 Batting average for Jose Molina on opening day (4-for-7, HR).

Most opening day starts for Rays, by position (1998-2011):


Toby Hall, 5

First base

Fred McGriff, 4

Second base

Miguel Cairo, 3


Kevin Stocker, Julio Lugo, Jason Bartlett, 3

Third base

Evan Longoria, 3


Carl Crawford, 8


B.J. Upton, 3


Dave Martinez, Ben Grieve, 3

Designated Hitter

Jose Canseco, Pat Burrell, 2


James Shields, 3

Tampa Bay Rays opening day schedule

04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:13pm]
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