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Orioles announce Opening Day plans, will wear patch for Tom Clancy in 2014

On Wednesday, the Orioles announced their plans for Opening Day, which include the traditional pregame introductions as players and coaches run down the orange carpet.

The team encourages fans to take their seats by 2:30 p.m., when the festivities are set to begin ahead of the 3:05 p.m. first pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Gates will open at noon.

A video tribute "will honor the 13 members of the Orioles family who passed away since last Opening Day," including former outfielder Paul Blair, club investor Tom Clancy and public relations director Monica Barlow.

The team also announced that it will wear a name patch on the right jersey sleeve for Clancy throughout the 2014 season.

The Orioles' three 2013 American League Gold Glove winners -- shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado -- will receive their awards from Rawlings before the game. Machado also will be given his Platinum Glove award.

American tenor Richard Troxell, a native of Thurmont in Frederick County, will sing the national anthem, while Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Troxell will also sing "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch. This year marks his ninth time singing the national anthem on Opening Day for the Orioles, according to the team.

Each fan will also receive a 2014 schedule/car magnet upon entrance into the ballpark.

For the Orioles' full news release on Opening Day plans, click here.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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