Torre to throw out first pitch on Opening Day

Ceremonies slated to begin at Yankee Stadium at 12:30, before New York faces Toronto

Torre to throw out first pitch on Opening Day

Joe Torre is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day as the Yankees host the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Gates will open to guests with valid tickets beginning at 10:30 a.m., with ceremonies slated to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. with the introduction of both teams on the baselines.

Torre managed the Yankees for 12 seasons from 1996 through 2007, winning four World Series championships and six American League pennants. Torre will also be honored with the "Pride of the Yankees Award" at the 36th Annual Homecoming Dinner following the game.

In addition, the United States Military Academy at West Point Band will perform the national anthem and a giant American flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets. The West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Paul Nolan, of the current Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago and formerly of the Tony Award-winning musical Once, will perform "God Bless America."

The Yankees are strongly urging guests to budget extra time for arrival and entry to Yankee Stadium for all home games throughout 2015 and future seasons.

As part of Major League Baseball's initiative to elevate and standardize security procedures at the 30 Major League parks, all visitors are required to be screened via metal detectors before entering Yankee Stadium. The increased security is the result of MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security. The added measures are in addition to bag checks that are conducted at all MLB ballparks.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.