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Oriole Bird to Help Open Youth Baseball Seasons Across Sarasota County Beginning Saturday Feb. 14

(Sarasota, FL) Attending youth baseball openers for local teams has been a tradition since the Baltimore Orioles arrived in Sarasota for Major League Spring Training in 2010. This season, the Oriole Bird will make three stops to help open youth baseball leagues. On Saturday, February 14, the Oriole Bird will participate in Opening Day ceremonies for Venice Little League, followed by Sarasota Little League on February 21, and the Miracle League of Manasota on March 14.

The Oriole Bird will open the Venice Little League season with an appearance this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at 250 Fort Street in Venice. The Bird will fly into the Sarasota Little League season’s commencement at Twin Lakes Park at 6700 Clark Road from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21.
Oriole Bird
On Saturday, March 14, the Oriole Bird will help launch the Miracle League of Manasota’s 2015 spring season with an appearance from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Longwood Run Park at 6050 Longwood Run Boulevard in Sarasota. The Orioles were a founding sponsor of the league’s specially designed ballpark, which makes it possible for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. In 2014, the Orioles made an additional contribution to the league in honor of retiring Major Leaguer Derek Jeter.

Each year, the Orioles also host the OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic, a tournament that benefits the Miracle League of Manasota. This year’s event, which features Orioles players and coaches participating with members of the public, is scheduled for February 23 at The Founders Club in Sarasota.

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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotions & Special Events Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2015 spring training promotions and special events schedule featuring many fun-filled promotional giveaways and events for fans to enjoy at Ed Smith Stadium.

On Wednesday, March 4, all fans will receive an orange rally towel as well as a spring training magnet schedule, presented by Visit Sarasota County, as the Orioles celebrate their spring training Opening Day and sixth season at Ed Smith Stadium. In addition, the first 1,000 women will receive a Bird of Paradise flower, presented by Beneva Flowers.

The giveaways continue on March 5 when the first 3,000 fans 15 and over to enter the ballpark will receive an Orioles Clothing Hanger, presented by Hung-By. On March 11, SRQ Airport will sponsor an Orioles Luggage Tag to be presented to the first 3,000 fans 15 and over. The final item, a Plush Cow presented by Chick-fil-A, will be given to the first 3,000 fans on March 14.

In addition to the giveaways, fans will enjoy several special events at Ed Smith Stadium throughout spring training including Kids Run the Bases, presented by Schofield, Hand & Bright Orthopaedics, on March 14 (for all fans 14 and under) and Seniors Run the Bases on March 25 (for fans aged 55 and over). The Orioles will also host Go Green Day, presented by Waste Pro, on March 17; a pre-game parade for Youth Baseball Day, presented by The Sarasota YMCA, on March 29; and the All Faiths Food Drive on March 31, when volunteers will collect food and monetary donations at the gates. Fireworks Night, presented by Coast Cadillac, will follow the spring training finale at Ed Smith Stadium on April 3.

The list of 2015 spring training promotions and special events follows. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 1-941-893-6300 or visit www.orioles.com/spring.


03/04 DET Rally Towel All Fans
Magnet Schedule Visit Sarasota County All Fans
Bird of Paradise Flower Beneva Flowers 1st 1,000 women
03/05 TOR Orioles Clothing Hanger Hung-By 1st 3,000 fans 15 & over
03/11 TOR Orioles Luggage Tag SRQ Airport 1st 3,000 fans 15 & over
03/14 TB Kids Run the Bases Schofield, All fans 14 & under, post-game

Plush Cow Chick-fil-A 1st 3,000 fans
03/17 MIN Go Green Day Waste Pro
03/25 TOR Seniors Run the Bases All fans 55 & over, post-game
03/29 MIN Youth Baseball Day The Sarasota YMCA Pre-game parade for pre-registered youth

03/31 TB All Faiths Food Drive
04/03 ATL Fireworks Night Coast Cadillac Post-game

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the promotional schedule for 2015 Spring Training Games. The Pirates play 16 games at McKechnie Field this spring, starting with the Black and Gold Game, an intra-squad contest on Monday, March 2.

The Black and Gold Game starts at noon on March 2. All tickets cost $8 and proceeds benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School, and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School. The length of the Black and Gold Game varies and often does not last nine innings.

Pirates Spring Training games will feature several giveaways at the gate in 2015. All giveaway items are distributed on a first come first served basis and available only while supplies last. On Wednesday, March 4, Pepsi presents a Pirates cell phone wallet giveaway. Pepsi will present a Pirates drawstring bag giveaway at the Spring Training night game on Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 5 is SRQ Airport Day, featuring a Pirates luggage tag giveaway. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana will give away eco-friendly bags at the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo on Friday, March 13. Baseball America will give away free magazines at the gates on March 9 and March 24.

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Pirate Fest presented by ABC 7 will be held on Sunday, March 15. A free fan festival will be held outside McKechnie Field from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The festival features free player autographs, games, prizes, and live music by Matthew Huff. There will also be a food drive benefitting the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Fans that donate five or more non-perishable food items at the gates will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. A ticket is required to enter the ballpark for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles.

Saturday, March 28, the Pirates will give back to the community and honor veterans by holding Military Appreciation Day and United Way Day. A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor selected local veterans on field. Each branch of the military will also be recognized over the public address system with the corresponding songs played. For each ticket purchased to the March 28 game, the Pirates will donate $2 to the United Way of Manatee County.

Saturday, March 7 is Herald-Tribune Media Group Day and Manatee County Schools Appreciation Day. Anyone presenting a Manatee County School District ID at the box office can purchase grandstand tickets for $12 while supplies last. The discount is limited to four tickets per school ID.

Every weekend game features the opportunity for children 12 and younger to run the bases by participating in a Kids Fun Run presented by Mosaic. Games featuring a Kids Fun Run are March 7, March 15, March 21, and March 28.

Before games begin, the Pirates will hold the annual Pirates Pep Rally in downtown Bradenton on Saturday, February 28. The rally on Old Main Street runs from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and features live music by Yesterdayze, autograph signings, kids games, a photo booth, giveaways, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The 8th Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic presented by TLI Sports is Sunday, March 1. Foursomes will team up with a Pirates celebrity to support the efforts of Pirates Charities in the region. For more information about the Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Carley Paganelli by phone at 941-747-3031 ex. 4362 or by email at Carley.Paganelli@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Pirates Spring Training, call 941-747-3031 or visit www.Pirates.com.

Tampa Bay Rays Open 7th Spring Training in Charlotte County February 23rd

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Rays will begin their 18th spring training and seventh in Charlotte County on Monday, February 23 when first-year Manager Kevin Cash and his staff welcome 38 pitchers and catchers to Charlotte Sports Park. The players will take the field at 9:30 a.m. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 28 when the camp expands to 62 players, including 22 non-roster invites. For all spring training workouts, admission and parking are free.

There will be many new faces. In his first 92 days as President of Baseball Operations, Matt Silverman engineered seven trades involving a total of 30 players; added two major league free agents; signed all eight arbitration eligible players prior to the exchange deadline; and hired a rookie major league manager and two major league coaches.

Eleven players on the 40-man roster were not in the organization when the Rays opened spring training camp last year on February 15, and eight have joined the organization since the end of the 2014 regular season. Thirty-two of the 40 players on the current roster made their Rays debut in 2012 or later.

The Rays will begin their defense of the Grapefruit League crown on Thursday, March 5 vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park. In 2014, the Rays had Major League Baseball’s best spring training record (16-7-4), and their Grapefruit League title was their third in the last seven seasons, following 2008 and 2010. Since 2008, the Rays have the majors’ fourth-best record in the regular season and the fourth best record in spring training play. Since becoming the Rays in 2008, the team has recorded at least 15 wins in six out of seven spring trainings. They had never achieved this in 10 springs as the Devil Rays.

On Friday, March 6 prior to the Rays vs. Minnesota Twins game at Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays will continue their annual tradition of shaving their heads as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s “Cut for a Cure.” For the fourth consecutive year, Rays coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to text “PCF” to 20222 to make a $10 donation or visit pcfcutforacure.org. Fans will be able to shave their heads with the Rays that day and receive a “Rays Cut for a Cure” T-shirt for a $100 donation. That game will also be the 500th spring training game in club history.

Signed as Free Agents (2): INF Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Ernesto Frieri
Acquired in Trades (6): RHP Jose Dominguez, C/DH John Jaso, RHP Kevin Jepsen, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, OF Steven Souza Jr.

Released (1): C Jose Molina
Traded (9): SS Yunel Escobar, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, OF Matt Joyce, OF Wil Myers, RHP Joel Peralta, LHP Cesar Ramos, INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, INF/OF Ben Zobrist

Friday, February 20, Noon—Pre-spring training press conference at Charlotte Sports Park with Rays Manager Kevin Cash and President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman. Lunch will be provided by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau following the press conference.

Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m.—2015 Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field. Most Rays players and coaches are expected to attend.

Monday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.—First workout, pitchers and catchers.

Friday, February 27, 8 a.m.—Photo Day for Media Only. All players and coaches will be available for head-and-shoulders photos. Media planning to attend should notify the Rays Communications dept.

Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m.—First workout, full squad and Spring Training Fan Day.

Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 p.m.—Rays Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Rays Baseball Foundation at Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Bradenton (15150 70th Terrace E.). All Rays players and coaches are expected to attend.

Thursday, March 5, 1:05 p.m.—Military Appreciation Day at Rays Grapefruit League opener vs. Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park.

Friday, March 6 (pregame)—For the fourth consecutive year, the Rays will shave their heads in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s “Cut for a Cure” program.

DID YOU KNOW? Last March, readers of USA Today voted Charlotte Sports Park their favorite spring training destination. Those visitors accounted for an economic impact value of nearly $21 million for Charlotte County in 2014, according to data supplied by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau. The Rays-Red Sox game last March 19 drew 7,852 fans, the largest crowd in the 22- year history of spring training baseball in Charlotte County.

MINOR LEAGUE CAMP—The first workout for minor league pitchers and catchers at Charlotte Sports Park is March 7. The first workout for minor league position players is March 11. At that time there will be approximately 150 players in minor league camp.

RAYS PARTNER WITH CHARLOTTE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR—The Sixth Annual BaseBALL Dinner & Auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County will be held on Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. To purchase tickets, fans should call (941) 979-8379. For the sixth consecutive year, the Rays will be featured at the event. Expected this year are Rays Manager Kevin Cash, his coaching staff and several players.

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Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale At 10:00 AM This Saturday, January 24

(Sarasota, FL) Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles’ spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. It is recommended that fans purchase tickets online or by phone.

Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans, or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information may call the Orioles spring training office at 941-893-6300.

Spring training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased in the following ways:

INTERNET: Tickets can be purchased at the Orioles’ official website, www.orioles.com/spring.

PHONE: Individual game tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 877-222-2802. Season, five-game flex-plans, group tickets, suites, and other specialty areas are available by calling 941-893-6300.

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AT THE PARK: Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at Ed Smith Stadium in the Left Field Ticket Office, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. The box office will be open on January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will then be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from January 26 until February 13. From February 16 to April 3, the box office will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is available in the East Lot, located on 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

TRAVEL PACKAGE: The Orioles are offering the official Spring Training Travel Package that includes hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, an exclusive pregame brunch with select Orioles team personnel, and a custom Orioles Spring Training merchandise package. For more information or to order travel packages, fans should visit www.orioles.com/springtravel or call 1-800-892-7687.

The Orioles will play their first of 16 home spring training games in 2015 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:05 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers. 2015 marks the sixth consecutive spring training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the fifth in the renovated ballpark.

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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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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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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2015 Spring Training Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2015 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Tuesday, March 3 with a 1:05 p.m. game in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles will open their home schedule the next day, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Tigers on Wednesday, March 4. The 2015 season will mark the sixth consecutive Spring Training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the fifth in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

Baltimore will face 10 different opponents during their 16-game home Grapefruit League campaign. The O’s will host the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays three times each and the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates twice each. The Orioles will square off with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals once each at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles will play 18 games on the road during the 2015 Grapefruit League schedule. They will make three trips to play the Blue Jays and Twins, two trips to play the Braves, Pirates, Rays, and Tigers, and one trip to play the Cardinals, Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees.

Fans interested in Season Plans, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may call the Orioles Spring Training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Additional information on Orioles Spring Training is available at www.orioles.com/spring.

Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale January 24, 2015.

O's 2015 Spring Schedule
O’s 2015 Spring Schedule

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