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Fitting first pitch highlights O's Opening Day festivities

The Baltimore Orioles have plenty planned for a packed Opening Day pregame this afternoon.

The highlight is the first pitch from former Orioles right-hander Rick Sutcliffe to former Baltimore catcher Chris Hoiles in a reunion of the batterymates from the first game played at Camden Yards, exactly 20 years ago today.

But that isn't all.

The ballpark opens at noon and each fan in attendance will receive a 2012 schedule/car magnet.

Player introductions begin at 2:30 p.m., about a half-hour before first pitch, when the Orioles will again jog in down an orange carpet from the bullpen gate in center field. For the 19th straight season, one fan will be chosen to represent all Orioles fans as the team's "10th man" and will also be introduced.

Also before the game, right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Matt Wieters will be presented with the Gold Glove Awards they won at the end of last season.

New at the ballpark this year, other than renovations to the right-field flag court and the addition of standing room above the batter's eye, are commemorative baseballs for home games, Orioles legends sculptures in the picnic area and an improved main concourse.

To honor Camden Yards, the Orioles will use baseballs stamped with the 20th anniversary logo for all 81 games there. The baseballs will be available for purchase.

Large bronze sculptures of the six greatest Orioles - Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken - will be unveiled during the season.

The ballpark has also added Dempsey's Brew Pub and Restaurant, Gino's and Stuggy's.

On Opening Day the Orioles' concession provider expects to serve 53,000 hot dogs, 52,000 sodas, 20,500 orders of French fries, 15,000 jumbo pretzels, 14,700 Boog's BBQ sandwiches, and 14,500 orders of chicken tenders.

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