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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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“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 7/7/14 Guests: Dan Epstein and Brett Forrest


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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Bradenton Marauders to Hold Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will hold Evan Chambers Night on Thursday, July 10, to pay tribute to the former outfielder who passed away suddenly last December. Chambers played with the team in 2011 and 2012, appearing in the third most games of any Marauder in franchise history. The first 500 fans at the game will receive an Evan Chambers T-shirt with his jersey number, 53, on the back.

Chambers was dedicated to community service in the cities he played in, and as a native of nearby Lakeland, he was especially dedicated in the Bradenton area. One of Chambers’ favorite places to volunteer was at Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children with special needs, chronic illnesses, and terminal illnesses. Dream Oaks Camp is funded and operated by Foundation for Dreams, Inc. For every copy of “The Marauders Magazine”, the official game day program of the Marauders, sold at McKechnie Field in the second half of the season, one dollar will be donated to the Foundation for Dreams. Additionally, the Marauders will hold a silent auction featuring memorabilia and game day experiences at the July 10 game to benefit the charity. One half of the night’s Launch-a-Ball proceeds will go to the Foundation of Dreams as well.

Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10
Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10

The players and coaches of the Marauders will wear an “EC” patch on their caps for the game in memory of Chambers. The team will also wear the Evan Chambers t-shirts for a pregame ceremony, with every member of the team lining up as number 53. Children from Dream Oaks Camp will take the field with the Marauders as baseball buddies.

For more information, please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or call 877-893-2827.

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Bradenton Marauders Open July with Homestand and Celebration of America on Thursday Night

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will host the Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins) at McKechnie Field for a three-game series from July 1-3. All three games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1 is a First Mates Kids Club Night. Baseball Bingo will be played. Children 12 and younger will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game. Additionally, the remaining “The Designated Hitter Does Not Participate in Baseball Bingo” t-shirts for the rained out game on June 27 will be given away when gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The series continues on Wednesday, July 2 and concludes on Thursday, July 3. The Marauders will don red, white, and blue patriotic jerseys on July 3 that will be available for silent auction bidding during the game. Winning bidders will be invited onto the field after the game to receive their jersey and have it autographed by the player or coach that wore it. Thirsty Thursday specials will be in effect, meaning sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1.

A spectacular postgame fireworks display presented by Zambelli Fireworks will light up the sky over McKechnie Field. After the fireworks, hang out in the Fan Plaza for a concert by Nuthin’ Fancy a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Baltimore Orioles to host Dream Week in Sarasota January 25-31, 2015

(Sarasota, FL) Baltimore Orioles fans of a variety of ages and abilities will enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the team’s 2015 Dream Week. Held at the Orioles’ two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex) from January 25-31, 2015, Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment, playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from former Orioles including Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor.

In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations on Lido Key in Sarasota; a personalized home uniform and road batting practice jersey and hat; daily breakfast and lunch at the ballpark; evening social events throughout the week, including a Q&A and autograph session with former players in attendance; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2015 regular season.

Dream Week is open to men and women 30 years of age or older. Fans of all skill and ability levels attend the camp each year, and are able to participate in as many or few of the games as they wish. There is no prerequisite of experience or physical ability required to attend. Other amenities provided during the week include a clubhouse locker, treatment by Orioles athletic trainers and laundry service by clubhouse attendants. Participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. The championship game will be played at Ed Smith Stadium. Team and pro staff photos, in addition to a Dream Week Video produced by the Orioles award-winning video productions staff, are included to help campers savor their memories.

Dream Week is $4,125 plus Florida sales tax and includes round-trip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa; ground transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Lido Beach Resort. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Holders and former Dream Week participants. Separate week and weekend packages are available for Dream Week guests.

Fans interested in participating in Dream Week should visit www.orioles.com/dreamweek, call 410-547-6063, or e-mail dreamweek@orioles.com to register or to receive more information.

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Tampa Bay Rays “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering Set for July 11

(St. Petersburg, FL) Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon and team employees will serve lunch at the Trinity Café in Tampa on Friday, July 11 as part of the Rays “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering, a new initiative involving a number of Tampa Bay area shelters.

For the past eight Decembers, Maddon has hosted “Thanksmas”, a weeklong event in which he purchases, prepares and serves a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.

“Our goal is to expand “Thanksmas” in some fashion every year,” said Maddon. “There are an increasing number of people who ask how they can get involved. The “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering allows for greater participation and also brings attention to the homeless issue at a time of the year when it is not top of mind.”

On July 11, anyone who volunteers for general duty at one of the local shelters participating in the “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering will receive a ticket to the Rays- Red Sox home game on July 27, a “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering T-shirt and the opportunity to be included in a group photo with the Rays manager.

The shelters participating are the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater and The Salvation Army Chapters of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton. Volunteers must register with a shelter by July 8. For more information and to sign up, visit raysbaseball.com/thanksmas.

Maddon will participate by serving lunch at the Trinity Café, which serves more than 260 hot, nutritious meals each day to homeless, hungry, and working poor. The meals are prepared by a professional chef and served by volunteer servers. The guests sit at cloth-covered tables set with china dishes and silverware. They are asked for nothing in return.

On July 11, the Rays will purchase the food and Chef Alfred Astl will prepare Maddon’s “Thanksmas” feast. Trinity Café is located at 2801 N. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.

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