PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in their first split-squad game today, and the team bus just arrived at Charlotte Sports Park for the nightcap.
While we wait for manager Buck Showalter to arrive and the Orioles to reveal their roster cuts, the club has announced its opening day plans.
The Orioles will honor the 13 members of their family who passed away since the 2013 opener during a pre-game video tribute. Special pregame ceremonies will recognize Orioles investor Tom Clancy, public relations director Monica Barlow and former outfielder Paul Blair.
Additionally, throughout the 2014 season, the club will wear a name patch on the right jersey sleeve for the Baltimore-born Clancy.
The Orioles will wear a 60th anniversary logo patch on the right jersey sleeve for all games above the Clancy patch. Additionally, for all home games, the Orioles will use special 60th anniversary logo baseballs.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Admiral Winnefeld is a United States Navy four-star admiral and the second highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. Armed Forces.
American tenor Richard Troxell will perform the National Anthem. Troxell, a native of Thurmont, Md., also will sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. This year marks the ninth time he has performed the National Anthem on Orioles opening day.
J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Manny Machado will receive their Gold Gloves. Machado also will receive his Platinum Glove.
To allow fans the opportunity to experience the excitement of opening day, the entire ballpark will open at noon on Monday. Each fan will receive a 2014 schedule/car magnet at the gates. Roving musical groups will entertain fans on Eutaw Street and the main concourses.
The Orioles and their concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, have made extensive additions to the food offerings at Camden Yards, highlighted by new menu options at both Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant and ballpark concession stands.
Chesapeake Crab Roll: Chilled crab salad served on a bed of Bibb lettuce and a fresh Brioche roll. It’s a Baltimore-twist on New England Lobster Roll. (seafood kiosk on the main concourse and the seafood stand in the upper deck)
Early Bird Dog: ESSKAY Hot Dog topped with a fried egg, shredded cheese and crispy bacon. (Stuggy’s)
Corned Beef Reuben: Sliced corned beef, grilled sauerkraut and Louie dressing served on marble rye. (Baltimore Chop House)
Half Smoke Sausage: Roma Sausage with grilled BBQ onions and a fresh hot dog roll. (Das Sausage House stands, Jack Daniel’s Grill, and the sausage portable on Eutaw St.)
Here’s the Orioles lineup for tonight’s split-squad game against the Rays:
Nolan Reimold DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Chris Tillman RHP