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Orioles announce schedule for Monday's Opening Day

The Orioles on Thursday announced Opening Day festivities for their game at 3 p.m. Monday against the Minnesota Twins.

Parking lots open at noon, and Camden Yards will open at noon. Each fan will receive a schedule decal.

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Pregame ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network broadcaster Jim Hunter will serve as emcee.

Orioles players and coaches will be introduced before the game, with players running through the center-field gate on the traditional orange carpet and the coaching staff introduced from the dugout. One hundred and twenty youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore will line the orange carpet, holding Orioles flags, and one fan will be chosen to represent all Orioles fans as the team's "10th man" during pregame ceremonies.

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Operatic tenor Rolando Sanz of Rockville will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game and "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. During the national anthem, a 30-by-42-foot American flag from Fort McHenry will be unfurled over the batter's-eye wall in center field.

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Orioles Hall of Fame catcher Rick Dempsey and state Sen. Bobby Zirkin will throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches, and Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be presented with his second Gold Glove Award.

Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry into Camden Yards, which again will have walk-through magnetometers or hand-held metal detectors at each entrance.

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