Blue Jays unveil pregame festivities for home opener

Delgado, Bell to present Bautista with Silver Slugger; Commissioner to deliver first pitch

Blue Jays unveil pregame festivities for home opener

BALTIMORE -- Carlos Delgado and George Bell will be on hand when the Blue Jays open the home portion of their 39th season Monday at 7:07 p.m. ET against the Rays at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays' Level of Excellence members will be in attendance to present Jose Bautista with his 2014 Silver Slugger Award as part of the pregame festivities. It's the third Silver Slugger Award for Bautista, which ties him with Delgado and Bell for the franchise record.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It marks the first time in franchise history the Commissioner of Baseball will be present at the home opener. Manfred will be joined by 9-year-old Ben Sheppard, who will be representing the Blue Jays' Baseball Academy.

The national anthems will be performed by Douglas Tranquada, and the RCMP Colour Guard will be presenting the colors and 250 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be carrying the Canadian flag.

Blue Jays fans will receive a Honda Home Opener rally towel upon entrance, and at the end of the game, they will get a 2015 Bluue Jays magnet schedule. Other notable events include an opportunity to win a 2015 Honda CR-V Ex, while two fans will go home with Honda lawnmowers during the game.

Gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. ET and fans are encouraged to arrive early as new MLB security procedures will be in place for all 30 stadiums. The new regulations require each club to use metal detectors or walk-through magnetometers at all entrances.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.