Orioles, state are readying three-stop, one-day road trip


The Baltimore Orioles and the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development are inviting fans to a day of baseball on June 6. Actually, a day and a night.

Yesterday, team and DEED officials formally announced "Maryland Marathon Baseball Day," an unusual statewide tour that will take fans to three professional baseball games throughout the state in a frenzied, tightly scheduled 24 hours.

On the baseball tour, fans will see two Orioles' minor-league teams in action before winding up at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The marathon Saturday begins in Hagerstown at 11:05 a.m., when the Class AA Suns will play the Harrisburg Senators, moves to Frederick for a 2:35 p.m. start between the Class A Keys and Lynchburg Red Sox, and then goes to Baltimore's new ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.

The staggered starting times should allow fans time to get from one ballpark to the next without missing a pitch. But all three games will start on time, even if one or more goes to extra innings, said Josh Waldorf, a DEED sports marketing official.

Tickets to all three games, parking and maps showing ballpark ** routes cost $50 per person, $65 for a family of four. To order tickets or for more information, call 1-800-831-0700. The tour is limited to 1,500 ticket buyers.

Triple delight

Three packages are being offered for "Maryland Marathon Baseball Day" on June 6. Here are some of the highlights:

Home Run Packages

Cost: $129 per person. Includes reserved seating, parking, breakfast, lunch and bullpen party dinner. Tours are available that include motor-coach transportation and lodging. For more information, call (410)3336611.

Triple Play Package

Cost: $50 per person. Includes reserved seating, parking map to all stadiums.

Family Grand Slam Package

Cost: $65 for family of four (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children; children must be 12 or under). Includes general admission seating, parking, map to all stadiums.

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