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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale January 16

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Rays today announced the process for purchasing single-game tickets to 2015 spring training games and introduced the new Spring Three-Game Pack. The Rays open their seventh spring training season on Thursday, March 5 against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County, Fla.

Single-game tickets will go on sale next week, based upon availability, according to the following schedule:

Friday, January 16: Spring training tickets will go on sale online to the general public exclusively at raysbaseball.com at 10 a.m.

Saturday, January 17: Spring training tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. via phone at 888-FAN-RAYS or 1-800-745-3000, online at raysbaseball.com, or at the following locations:

Charlotte Sports Park box office
All Ticketmaster outlets
Rays Tampa Store at 400 N. Tampa St.
Tropicana Field box office

Rays Insider subscribers will have the opportunity to participate in a special online presale on Thursday, January 15. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, January 14 at noon. To become a Rays Insider, visit raysbaseball.com. Current subscribers need not re-apply.

New for the 2015 season, the Spring Three-Game Pack will also go on sale to the general public exclusively through raysbaseball.com on Friday, January 16. This plan offers a ticket to three games at the special introductory price of $39 and includes a limited edition Charlotte Sports Park photo ball with purchase. This special item commemorates the USA Today 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Spring Training Facility.

Single-game tickets will once again range in price from $10 to $29. Spring Training season ticket packages are available by calling 888-FAN-RAYS or visiting raysbaseball.com, and start at only $270 for the Rays 14-game home schedule at Charlotte Sports Park.

The first workout day for pitchers is Monday, February 23. The first full-squad workout is Saturday, February 28.
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Kevin Cash Named Tampa Bay Rays Manager

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Rays have named Kevin Cash the fifth manager in franchise history.
“We are proud to introduce Kevin as our manager,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “His energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse. We are fortunate to have such a talented individual, and Tampa Bay native, to lead our club as we strive to achieve new heights as a team and organization.”

“Kevin is passionate, genuine and dedicated, and those attributes will resonate throughout our clubhouse,” said President, Baseball Operations Matt Silverman. “As a catcher, a scout and a coach, he has always been a student of the game, and his communication and tireless work will put our club in a position to win, night in and night out.”

Cash, who turns 37 tomorrow, becomes the youngest active manager in the majors, and the youngest manager hired since A.J. Hinch (Arizona Diamondbacks) in 2009, according to Stats LLC. He spent the past two seasons (2013-14) as the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians, working with a pitching staff that set the major league strikeout record (1,450) in 2014. Prior to joining the Indians, he spent the 2012 season as a major league advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

A veteran catcher of eight major league seasons, Cash becomes the first former Rays player to be named Rays manager and joins former Chicago White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen as the only former Rays to manage at the major league level. He appeared in 13 games with the Devil Rays in 2005, and all but 20 games in his career were spent in the American League East. In addition to the Rays, he played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2002-04), Boston Red Sox (2007-08, 2010), New York Yankees (2009) and Houston Astros (2010). Cash was part of two World Champion teams (2007 Red Sox, 2009 Yankees) and appeared in the 2008 ALCS against the Rays.

Kevin Cash Info

Cash becomes the sixth Tampa-born manager in major league history, and the second for the Rays, joining Lou Piniella (who Cash played for in 2005), Hall of Famers Al Lopez and Tony La Russa, Dave Miley and John Hart. A Tampa native, Kevin played in the 1989 Little League World Series for Tampa Northside, graduated from Gaither High School in 1997 and played three seasons as an infielder for Florida State University including a trip to the 1999 College World Series.

After going undrafted in 1999, he played for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League. When both the team’s primary catchers suffered injuries that summer, he volunteered to convert to catcher and went on to earn team MVP honors. In August, he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent.

Kevin and his wife, Emily, have three children: daughters Camden (8) and Ella (6) and son J.D. (1).

Rays Managerial History

Larry Rothschild 1998-2001 205-294 (.411)
Hal McRae 2001-02 113-196 (.369)
Lou Piniella 2003-05 200-285 (.412)
Joe Maddon 2006-14 754-705 (.517)
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Tampa Bay Rays Thanksmas to return for ninth year

(St. Petersburg, FL) Joe Maddon may have left, but the Tampa Bay Rays will continue to host Thanksmas for the ninth consecutive year, December 15-19, at the Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Bradenton, the Sallie House in St. Petersburg, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in Orlando.

Over the past eight years, Thankmas has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing and shoes. The Rays will provide and serve either lunch or dinner to each of the shelters. In 2013, as a result of donations from generous Rays fans and fundraising efforts, Thanksmas also presented more than $20,000 to the Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House and the Homeless Emergency Project.

Thanksmas kicks off on Monday, December 15 with a return to the Sallie House, a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. This will be the sixth consecutive year that Rays will visit the Sallie House as a part of Thanksmas. The Rays will also visit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the largest provider of homeless services in Orlando and Central Florida, for the first time.

Throughout this year’s Thanksmas, current and former Rays players, Rays coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will serve meals to those in need.

For more information, visit raysbaseball.com/thanksmas.

Thanksmas schedule

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Baltimore Orioles Reach to Host 5th Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) On Monday, February 23, the Orioles will hold the 5th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners.

The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches.

Multiple levels of participation are available for corporate partners, including MVP Sponsor packages which consist of recognition as a presenting sponsor, a foursome with the opportunity to select your Orioles playing partner, four infield box seats to a 2015 Orioles Spring Training game, and more. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $125,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

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For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a synthetically surfaced baseball field with all the requisite amenities was built in 2012 in Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Boulevard, north of University Parkway in Sarasota. Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributing $75,000. Since opening in March 2012, the league has played six seasons.

For more information or to register for the golf event, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org. The entry deadline is Sunday, February 8.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Bradenton Spring Training Schedule and Ticket Pricing

2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Schedule

2015 Pirates Spring Training Info
2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Ticket Pricing info in Bradenton, FL

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Bradenton Marauders announce 2015 FSL Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will play its first 2015 home game on Saturday, April 11, at McKechnie Field. The Marauders open the season on the road for the third consecutive year, kicking off the Florida State League schedule on Thursday, April 9, at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The Marauders face the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets) in both the season opener and the home opener.

Marauders home games will start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Games on Wednesdays and Sundays will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday home games in August will shift to a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. The game on Wednesday, July 15 will be played at 6:30 p.m. Three additional Wednesday games will begin at 10:30 a.m. The morning games will be on May 27 (Education Day), July 8 (Camp Day), and July 29 (Camp Day). Gates will open one hour prior to the start of all regularly scheduled home games.

St. Lucie will be the Marauders’ most frequent opponent in 2015. The Marauders and Mets face each other 20 times, including 10 meetings at McKechnie Field. The other four South Division teams, Fort Myers (Minnesota Twins), Jupiter (Miami Marlins), Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals), and St. Lucie (New York Mets) will each visit McKechnie Field for nine games in 2015. Fort Myers is the defending Florida State League Champion.

Each North Division team will visit McKechnie Field for four games this season. The first interdivisional series is May 26-29 against the Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs). The Marauders host Tampa (New York Yankees) from June 15-18, take on Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers) June 27-30, face Lakeland (Detroit Tigers) July 15-18, and welcome Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays) July 22-25. Clearwater (Philadelphia Phillies) comes to McKechnie Field for two two-game visits, June 10-11 and July 28-29.
For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

The complete schedule can be viewed by clicking here.2015 Marauders Schedule

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Media Invited to Cover Orioles Youth Baseball Clinic Wednesday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) On Wednesday, July 9, Orioles players and coaches will conduct a baseball clinic on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium for 50 children from the North Port Family YMCA. The clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m. with instruction in pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. Media covering the event may park in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue and enter through the Left Field Gate.

Orioles minor league players scheduled to participate include: Jacob Bray, Bobby Bundy, Eddie Gamboa, Randolph Gassaway, Michael Joseph, Andy Loomis, Kris Richards and Matt Taylor.

The Oriole Bird will also be present and refreshments will be provided to all participants.

“This is the third in a series of youth clinics the Orioles will conduct this year at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Orioles players and coaches look forward to these opportunities to share their passion for the sport by working with children from local non-profits. Through the youth clinics, the Orioles provide positive role models for young people and demonstrate our commitment to the community.”

The North Port Family YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living & social responsibility. The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing lifelong, healthy habits. The Y’s youth programs include summer camp, after-school care, child care and aquatics. The Y helps children set and achieve personal and educational goals. The organization’s scholarship program ensures that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future. For more information about any of the Y’s youth programs, call (941) 429-2269 or visit www.NorthPortYMCA.com.

The Orioles’ youth baseball clinics are part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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Bradenton Marauders host St. Lucie Mets and Tampa Yankees this week at McKechnie Field

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders host the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets) and Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees) during a five-game home stand this week at McKechnie Field. The home stand starts on Tuesday, July 8 and continues through Saturday, July 12. All five games begin at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

Marty Claus will bring the holiday spirit to McKechnie Field on Tuesday, July 8. The Marauders are celebrating Christmas in July. Marty Claus will be available for pictures with children on the outfield boardwalk during the game. Baseball Bingo and PLS Print will be played. Children will be able to run the bases after the game in the Kids Fun Run.

The Marauders and Mets play the middle game of their three-game set on Wednesday, July 9, then finish the series on Thursday, July 10. July 10 is Evan Chambers night. The Marauders will honor the memory of Chambers, a former Marauders player who passed away suddenly last December. The first 500 fans will receive Evan Chambers #53 t-shirts. Chambers was a dedicated volunteer with the Foundation for Dreams, and the Marauders will hold a silent auction at the game to raise money for the charity. Additionally, a portion of the night’s launch-a-ball proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Dreams. All second half long, the Marauders will be donating $1 for each game program sold to Foundation for Dreams.

July 10 is also a Thirsty Thursday. Sodas and select draft beers cost just $1.

Friday, July 11 is Military Appreciation Night and a Free Shirt Friday. Admission is free with a valid military ID. The first 500 fans will receive a Marauders camouflage t-shirt.

Every Friday home game is also a Happy Hour Friday. Between 5:30 and 6:30, 500 free hot dogs will be given away and there will be great drink specials from Kayem and Cheney Brothers.

Saturday, July 12 is Go Fly a Kite Night. The first 500 fans will receive a free Marauders Kite. Fans will be invited onto the field after the game to fly kites in the outfield. Baseball Bingo and will be played during the game.

July 12 is the fourth installment of Bark in the Park. Bark badges for dog admission cost just $2, with proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Manatee County.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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