Bradenton Marauders | M's roster unveiled Tuesday, first home game Friday

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 1, 2013 

The Bradenton Marauders' 2013 roster will be announced at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday during the Manatee County Chamber's breakfast at Pirate City, and the unveiling will be one of a number of events the team has scheduled for Opening Week.

The high Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Marauders open their fourth season Thursday when they head to Fort Myers to play the Miracle.

Following the Tuesday morning's introduction, the entire team will be at the Walmart Supercenter, 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with fans.

The home opener is scheduled for Friday, when the Marauders play the Miracle at McKechnie Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and fans who bring their Bright House Networks statement receive free admission to the grandstand, left-field bleachers or boardwalk.

There will be a happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Pier 22 Restaurant, which will feature 500 free hot dogs at the outfield concession stand as well as drink specials at the Kona Bar, located on the boardwalk.

A fireworks show is scheduled for after the game, presented by Bright House and Budweiser, and groups of 10 or more who book a group outing at least 72 hours before the game will receive a wristband to watch the show on the field. Wristbands are also available with the Marauders Fireworks Package, which includes admission to all five Marauders games featuring a fireworks show. The cost is $35.

An Easter egg hunt is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, before the Marauders play the Miracle at 1 p.m. The hunt will go from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. and is for children ages 13 and younger.

All Sunday games are Wendy's Family Fun Sundays, which feature $1 tickets and hot dogs. Children ages 13 and younger can run the bases after the game.

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