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Baltimore Orioles Set Franchise Record For Spring Training Average Per Game Attendance

(Sarasota, FL) With last Friday’s crowd of 7,329 for the final home game of Orioles Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles have drawn a total of 112,258 fans for 15 home games in Sarasota this season. Since 2010, when the club’s Major League operations moved to Sarasota, 544,316 fans have enjoyed Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.
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Baltimore Orioles Green Cap Auction Raises More Than $7900 To Benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles’ annual green cap auction raised more than $7,900 to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. The donation will be presented in a pre-game ceremony when the Orioles take on the Atlanta Braves in the final home game of Spring Training on Friday, April 3 at 6:05 p.m. The auction featured specially-designed, green O’s caps worn by players and coaches at the St. Patrick’s Day game on March 17.

“The Orioles are proud to support the mission of Selby Gardens, a world-renowned botanical research center and leader in environmental education,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Selby Gardens, which attracts more than 130,000 guests annually, promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.”
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The Orioles host “Go Green” Day, presented by Waste Pro, at Ed Smith Stadium each Spring Training season to highlight environmental stewardship in the community. The stadium is one of the most environmentally-friendly ballparks in the nation, featuring recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, and solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy. The Orioles also are a partner in Sarasota County’s “Green Business Partnership” program. Additional information on the Orioles’ commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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Bradenton Marauders Set Event Schedule for Opening Week 2015

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders kick off the 2015 season, the club’s sixth at McKechnie Field, next week. Marauders players will be introduced to the fans for the first time at a pair of events on Tuesday, April 7. The team’s home opener is Saturday, April 11 against the St. Lucie Mets, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.

Marauders fans have their first chance to meet the Marauders at Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar on April 7. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be attended by every player and the coaching staff. There is no cover charge to enter the event. Tarpon Pointe will offer a $5 Tarpon Chips with a draft beer or fountain soda.

The Marauders open the season on the road on Thursday, April 9 against the Mets. The two teams square off at Tradition Field on April 9 and April 10 at 6:30 p.m., before shifting the series to McKechnie Field for the weekend. Marauders season ticket holders can attend road games for free by presenting their season ticket holder ID card.

The Second Annual Pirates and Princesses 5K Home Run presented by New Belgium Brewing will be held in downtown Bradenton on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Online registration and printable registration forms are available by visiting www.BradentonMarauders.com/PiratesandPrincesses5K. Early packet pickup will be available at Fit2Run Downtown Sarasota on April 7 from noon to close and at Pirate City April 8-9 from noon-6:00 p.m. each day. Race day check-in will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 will be a season kickoff bonanza at McKechnie Field. It is Pirates and Princesses night at McKechnie Field. Dressing up as a Pirate or a Princess for the night is highly encouraged. Activities in the ballpark include horse and carriage rides, free princess hair styling and makeup stations, and a costume parade for all the fans who dress up. The first 500 fans will receive a Marauders 2015 magnet schedule from Pepsi. After the game there will be spectacular postgame fireworks from Bright House Networks and Budweiser.

Every Saturday game this season is a Silverauders Club Saturday. The Silverauders Club for fans 60 and older is presented by Humana. For just $30, Silverauders Club members receive a ticket to every Saturday game, a food voucher for each Saturday game, a Silverauders T-Shirt, and the chance to take a postgame senior stroll around the bases. Each Saturday game will also feature Baseball Bingo presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs and PLS Print.

Opening night will also be the first night of the Lady Marauders Club. For $50, Lady Marauders receive admission to every Saturday night Bradenton Marauders home game, happy hour specials from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Saturday games, a club T-shirt, and invitations to special pre-game events before select Saturday games. For more information on the Lady Marauders Club, call Anne Putnam at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4350) or email Anne.Putnam@Pirates.com.

Sunday, April 12 is the season’s first Family Fun Sunday presented by Kayem. All tickets and regular size Kayem hot dogs cost just $1. After the game all fans 12 and younger can take part in a children’s fun run presented by Mosaic. The game begins at 1:00 with gates opening at noon. There will be a pre-game Easter Egg Hunt on the field.

When purchased in advance, tickets for the regular season Marauders games cost $8 per seat for adult tickets in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand seats. Left field bleacher seats cost $6 per adult ticket. Tickets for children 12 and younger cost $7 in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand sections, and $5 per ticket in the left field bleachers. There is no change in day-of-game pricing for children’s tickets. The Marauders will offer a $1 military discount to anyone presenting a valid military ID at the McKechnie Field box office when purchasing tickets.

Marauders season and group ticket packages are on sale now. Marauders season tickets cost $300 for all 70 regular season home games. Season ticket holders receive numerous great benefits, including the ability to exchange unused past or future tickets to any future 2015 Marauders regular season game. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in any section for just $5 per ticket if booked at least three days in advance. Season and group tickets can be purchased by calling 941-747-3031.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fan Appreciation Promotions at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will conclude their sixth season in Sarasota with special Fan Appreciation celebrations during the final two home games at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday, April 1 and Friday, April 3. This year, the Orioles will thank fans for their support throughout Spring Training with an exclusive poster giveaway and an end-of-season fireworks display. Through 12 home games, more than 92,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles Baseball at Ed Smith Stadium during the 2015 Spring Training season.

On April 1, all fans will receive a Cartoon Bird Art Poster when the Orioles face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 p.m. MLB licensed artist and Sarasota resident, Timothy Raines, designed the poster giveaway featuring the Orioles Cartoon Bird logo. Raines is known to bring fine art to globally iconic brands with a focus in sports and the automotive industry. He has worked with a number of renowned brands, including Major League Baseball, MLB teams and players, the MLB Foundation, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, HGTV, ABC, Hilton and Westin.
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To wrap up the season, the Orioles will host Fireworks Night on April 3 following the Orioles 6:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.

For more information, call (941) 893-6300 or visit www.orioles.com/spring.

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Baltimore Orioles To Host 5th Annual All Faiths Food Drive Tuesday, March 31

(Sarasota, FL) On Tuesday, March 31, the Baltimore Orioles will host the 5th annual All Faiths Food Drive to help underserved families in the Sarasota area. Fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.

Since 2011, over 2,896 pounds of food and $4,000 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help underserved families in the Sarasota area. In 2014, All Faiths Food Bank distributed seven million pounds of food, which equates to nearly 5.8 million meals. More than 3,500 volunteers and 195 partner agencies and programs in Sarasota and DeSoto counties support the Food Bank’s mission.
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The Orioles’ participation in the All Faiths Food Drive is 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. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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Pirate Fest Returns to Bradenton this Sunday, March 15

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 10th annual Pirate Fest on Sunday, March 15. The event will be located on 9th Street West, just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field. The festival, which is presented by ABC 7, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pirates will face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

Several local businesses and community organizations will be represented at the family-centered event. Among the scheduled activities are a photo booth, giveaways, face painting, a bounce house, live music from Matthew Huff, and mascot fun with Marty the Marauder. Autograph sessions with select Pirates players will be featured throughout the morning.

The Pirates will support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program by accepting donations of non-perishable goods outside the main gates. Fans that donate five or more items will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.

On the day of the event, 9th Street West will be closed to northbound traffic at 17th Avenue and closed to southbound traffic at 13th Avenue starting at 8:00 a.m. Fans wishing to park in the Outfield Parking Lot north of McKechnie Field will be permitted to access the lot by traveling southbound on 9th Street, turning left onto 13th Avenue, and accessing the lot from 7th Street. The 6th Street Parking Lot and the Wastewater Treatment Lot will be unaffected by Pirate Fest and are both accessible from 17th Avenue. 9th Street will reopen to traffic at 2:00 p.m.

Pirate Fest is free and open to the public. After Pirate Fest the Pirates take on the Orioles. Single game tickets are available at the McKechnie Field box office, calling 1-877-893-2827, or by visiting www.Pirates.com.

For more information about Pirate Fest, Spring Training, or the Marauders, call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Baltimore Orioles Select Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as Partner for 2015 Go Green Day, Green Cap Auction

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have selected Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as the ballclub’s partner for “Go Green” Day on Tuesday, March 17 when the Orioles take on the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. Selby Gardens, a world-renowned botanical research center and leader in environmental education, will benefit from an online auction of specially-designed, green O’s caps autographed by players. The caps will be worn during the St. Patrick’s Day game.

“The Orioles are proud to partner with Selby Gardens, one of the Sarasota area’s most treasured attractions and a world leader in environmental education, as we celebrate ‘Go Green’ Day at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “The stadium is a showcase for sustainable building practices, which we demonstrate year-round. This special focus during spring training, along with the auction benefiting a local environmental organization, highlights for our fans the importance of thinking ‘green’ in our everyday lives.”

“This dynamic partnership with the Orioles will benefit our international botanical research, conservation, horticulture displays and educational programs, while attracting new audiences to our breathtaking, bayfront oasis,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, CEO and President of Selby Gardens.

More than 130,000 guests visit Selby Gardens annually to relax, learn, explore and experience the plants and educational programs available 364 days a year. Selby Gardens is a 15-acre botanical and children’s rainforest wonderland nestled in an urban setting on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Specializing in epiphytes, it is home to the world’s largest living collection of epiphytes and other tropical plants. Through educational outreach and horticultural displays, Selby Gardens promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.
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Orioles fans and Selby Gardens supporters may bid online for the caps at www.orioles.com/spring from 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Ed Smith Stadium uses environmentally-friendly practices including recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy, and preferred parking for car pooling and fuel-efficient vehicles. The Orioles also are a partner in Sarasota County’s “Green Business Partnership” program. Additional information on the Orioles’ commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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Baltimore Orioles 2015 Spring Training: Buck Showalter Interview


Orioles Manager Buck Showalter talks about the O’s heading into spring training games in Sarasota, FL.


Baltimore Orioles 2015 Spring Training Pitcher Kevin Gausman Interview