Orioles series against Toronto Blue Jays

This week, the Orioles will play a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The brief homestand will feature several special events including the Greater Baltimore Committee's Welcome Home Reception and several pregame ceremonies during the series. 



On Monday, April 18, the Orioles will attend the Greater Baltimore Committee's Welcome Home Reception at the Hilton Baltimore. Players will participate in question and answer sessions, sign autographs, and meet with Baltimore businessmen and women at the event. Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations DAN DUQUETTE and Manager BUCK SHOWALTER will also participate in a question and answer session with the guests. 


The annual "Birds are Back" rally presented by Orioles Radio Network affiliate WTTR Radio (1470 AM) has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 30, at Westminster Island Green (1199 S Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD 21158) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The rally was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9, but was postponed due to inclement weather. Orioles catcher CALEB JOSEPH and Orioles Hall of Famer AL BUMBRY will attend and sign autographs for fans from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event will also include an appearance from the Oriole Bird. 


The Orioles are holding an online charity auction for the No. 42 jerseys worn on Jackie Robinson Day at www.orioles.com/auction. The auction runs until Friday, April 22, at 10:00 p.m. All Orioles uniformed personnel wore No. 42, Robinson's retired number, joining all other Major League teams in honoring the 69th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. In addition, MLB.com is auctioning off an Orioles team autographed No. 42 jersey at mlb.com/42jersey to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Since 2009, the Orioles have raised more than $70,000 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation through the online jersey auction. To learn more about the Foundation, fans can visit jackierobinson.org or follow @JRFoundation on Twitter. 



On Wednesday, April 20, during a pregame ceremony, representatives from KELLY Benefits, Payroll & Technology, SENATOR FRANK KELLY, EYASU KELLY, GIBBY KELLY, and CALEB KELLY will join DR. JAY MENAKER, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Lung Rescue Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center on-field to announce the 2016 Saves for Shock Trauma program. KELLY, a leader in comprehensive benefits, payroll, and workforce management solutions is helping to save lives in the community by donating $1,000 to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center every time an Orioles pitcher records a save this season. Since 1996, KELLY has contributed over $1.2 million to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center through the "Saves for Shock Trauma" Program. 


On Wednesday, April 20, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Vice Admiral TED CARTER of the Naval Academy, Rear Admiral JAMES HELLIS of the Merchant Marine Academy, and Rear Admiral JAMES RENDON of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. This week, the Superintendents of the five service academies -- the United States Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy -- will meet in Annapolis for the annual Council of Academy Superintendents. 


Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. On Thursday, April 21, AL BUMBRYDICK HALL, and JOHN MILLER will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 


During each home game, the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, nonprofit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants, or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand: 

     · APRIL 19 - Jackie Robinson Foundation 

     · APRIL 20 - Second Chance, Inc. 

     · APRIL 21 - Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland 


This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles T-shirt, a cap, and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include CHRIS DAVISYOVANI GALLARDOKEVIN GAUSMANJ.J. HARDYUBALDO JIMENEZADAM JONESMANNY MACHADOBRIAN MATUSZCHRIS TILLMANMARK TRUMBO, and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players: 

     · APRIL 19 - Curtis Bay Elementary Middle School #207 (Mark Trumbo) 

     · APRIL 20 - Arbutus Elementary (Ubaldo Jimenez) 

     · APRIL 21 - The Peace Project (Chris Tillman)