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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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Bradenton Marauders Host Star Wars Night July 19 to raise funds for Center for Building Hope

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will hold Star Wars Night on Saturday, July 19 when the team hosts the Clearwater Threshers at McKechnie Field. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. The game will help benefit the Center for Building Hope in the fight against Cancer.

The Marauders will dress in jerseys custom made to resemble the uniform of Star Wars character bounty hunter Boba Fett. The jerseys will be auctioned off in a silent auction held during the game to benefit the Center for Building Hope. Auction winners will be invited onto the field after the game to receive their jersey and have it autographed by the player of coach wearing it.
Star Wars Night Jersey
A survivor’s walk around the warning track will be held at 5:45 to recognize all cancer survivors in attendance. A charity balloon pop is also being held during the game to benefit the Center for Building Hope. Fans will be able to pay $10 or $20 to pop a balloon and receive the prize that corresponds to the chosen balloon.

Fans can get pictures with their favorite Star Wars characters at picturesque McKechnie Field. A full cast of costumed characters will be in attendance. The Marauders also encourage their fans to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters. A costume contest will be held in the sixth inning to determine the best dressed.

The ticket office opens two hours before Saturday, Sunday, and morning games. Single game tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, online at www.BradentonMarauders.com, or by phone be calling 877-893-2827.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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Gulf Coast League Orioles Open Season Friday at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) team will play its first home game of the 2014 season at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Friday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. against the GCL Rays. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

The Orioles are scheduled to play 30 GCL home games between June 20 and August 28. The games are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot on the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Game times and location are subject to change without notice. A link to the season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

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