SEATTLE -- Mike Witt, who pitched a perfect game on the final day of the 1984 season, will signal the start of the Angels' home schedule in 2015 by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from Angel Stadium on Friday night.
Witt spent his first 9 1/2 seasons with the Angels, winning 109 games -- fourth most in club history -- while posting a 3.76 ERA and making it onto two American League All-Star teams. On Sept. 30, 1984, the Orange County product retired all 27 Rangers hitters in order. On April 11, 1990, Witt relieved Mark Langston and pitched the final two innings of the club's first combined no-hitter.
The Angels' home opener will be against the Royals -- the team that swept them in last year's AL Division Series.
As part of its pregame ceremonies, the team will unfurl a 300-foot U.S. flag and stage a C-17 flyover while Lorelei Sinco sings the national anthem. Prior to that, players and coaches from both teams will be introduced on the field. Game time on Friday is 7:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV and Fox Sports West. Gates open at 5 p.m.
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