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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins are set to host the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals in a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, April 11. The opening homestand of the season will feature five fan giveaways (2006 Opening Day poster, 2006 Marlins Schedule Magnet, 2006 Marlins Calendar, Marlins Scratch-Off Saturday Cards, Marlins Flag), and the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day.

The Marlins will host the San Diego Padres for three games beginning Tuesday. This will be the only trip San Diego makes to Miami this season, as the defending NL West champions help the Marlins kick off the Home Opener.

 

Starting Friday, the Washington Nationals will make their first stop of the season in South Florida, as the two NL East rivals square off in the first three of 19 games scheduled against each other this year.

 

Great seats are still available for all games during the Marlins' upcoming homestand, and individual-game tickets can be purchased at the Dolphin Stadium Box Office, the Marlins en Miami Store in Coral Gables, online at www.floridamarlins.com or by calling 1.877.MARLINS.

 

Additionally, fans are encouraged to take advantage of one of the Marlins' many multiple-game ticket options: Full- Season Plan (82 games), Half-Season Plan (41 games), Saturday Plan (20 games), Sunday Plan (20 games), and Flex Plans. Season ticket holders receive unbeatable savings on ticket prices, exclusive access to players and coaches and priority for playoff tickets. For more information, call 1.877.MARLINS or visit www.floridamarlins.com.

 

The following is a complete list of broadcasts, promotions, events and ticket promotions scheduled for the upcoming homestand:

 

Tuesday, April 11 (4:05 p.m.)

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Probable Pitchers: RHP Sergio Mitre vs. RHP Woody Williams (subject to change)

Broadcasts: FSN Florida-HD, SAP-Spanish, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): Marlins 2006 Marlins Schedule Magnet for all fans presented by Papa John's Pizza and 2006 Opening Day poster for all fans courtesy of Major League Baseball

National Anthem: Nadia Turner, 2005 "American Idol" finalist will perform the National Anthem.

Fly-Over: Four F-18 Fighter Jets from the Key West Naval Air Station will conduct a fly-over at Dolphin Stadium immediately after the National Anthem.

First Pitch: James Freed, the longest running season ticket holder (since 1992), will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Also, Ricky Warman of Papa John's Pizza, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Extras: Live band "Hat Trick" at Gate H plaza 2-4 p.m.; The Family Funzone at section 130 will be open, as well as Marlins Speed Pitch at Section 153 and Marlins Batting Cage at Section 103.

Pregame Radio Stations: 99.9 KISS Country, 560 WQAM (live broadcast), and Power 96 at Gate G East; WQBA 1140AM (live broadcast), La Kalle 98.3, Amor 107, and 93 ROCK at Gate G West; Mega 94.9, Y100.7, and BIG 105.9 at Gate H; El Zol 95.7, Clasica 92, and 790 The Ticket at Gate B.

 

Wednesday, April 12 (1:05 p.m.)

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Probable Pitchers: RHP Brian Moehler vs. RHP Chris Young (subject to change)

Broadcasts: FSN Florida-HD, SAP-Spanish, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): Marlins 2006 Schedule Magnet presented by Papa John's Pizza and 2006 Opening Day Poster presented by Major League Baseball (while supplies last).

National Anthem: Marlins organist Lowery Ballew will perform the National Anthem.

Pregame Radio Stations: 560 WQAM at Gate G.

 

Thursday, April 13 (1:05 p.m.)

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jason Vargas vs. RHP Dewon Brazelton (subject to change)

Broadcasts: FSN Florida-HD, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): Marlins 2006 Schedule Magnet presented by Papa John's Pizza and 2006 Opening Day Poster presented by Major League Baseball (while supplies last)

National Anthem: Marlins organist Lowery Ballew will perform the National Anthem.

Benihana Thursdays: Fans who present a Benihana receipt to the stadium box office or Marlins en Miami store will receive $10 off an infield box tickets to any Thursday game. No limit on number of tickets.

Pregame Radio Stations: 560 WQAM at Gate G.

 

 

Friday, April 14 (7:35 p.m.)

Opponent: Washington Nationals

Probable Pitchers: LHP Dontrelle Willis vs. RHP Ryan Drese (subject to change)

Broadcasts: FSN Florida, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): 2006 Marlins Calendar (first 10,000 fans) presented by Publix

National Anthem: Alicia Gianni will perform the National Anthem.

Marine Max Boat Show: Marine Max will be showcasing five boats and one trailer outside of Gates F, G, and H during the Nationals weekend series at Dolphin Stadium. Friday Nights Are Fun: Activities include raffles, a silent auction, grab bags, and more surprises from the time the gates open at 6 p.m. until the bottom of the third inning. Join the fun at the HouseWall Garage System Community Corner, Section 149.

Papa John's Pitcher of the Month: Dontrelle Willis is the Papa John's Pitcher of the month for April. If he earns the win in his start, fans can redeem their Marlins ticket stub for a free small pizza at participating Papa John's locations (walk-in only) during the 48 hours following the game.

Youth Baseball League Day: Kendall Hammocks Optimist, participating in the Marlins Youth Baseball & Softball Program, purchased a significant number of tickets for the today's game. Prior to the game there will be a parade around the warning track honoring the league, plus a board member from the league will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Special Olympics Awareness Weekend: The Florida Marlins will recognize members of local law enforcement departments, including Broward Sheriff's Office and Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue. This is an opportunity for the residents of South Florida to say thank you to the people serving and protecting our community. Also, to increase awareness and help educate the community, the participating departments will bring their emergency response vehicles out to Dolphin Stadium prior to the Sunday, April 16 game for display in front of the main gate. A law enforcement professional will perform the National Anthem while the MDFR & BSO Honor Guard is on hand. Emergency Response personnel will also be on hand to visit with children during ClubHouse Kids, held in section 138.

Pregame Radio Stations: ESPN 760 at Gate H, 560 WQAM at Gate G West, Clasica 92.3 and El Zol 95.7 at Gate H, Live broadcasts: "Descarga Deportiva" on WRHC 1550AM at Gate H plaza 6-7 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 15 (6:05 p.m.)

Opponent: Washington Nationals

Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. RHP John Patterson (subject to change)

Broadcasts: No TV, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): Marlins Scratch Off Saturday cards presented by the Miami Herald (first 15,000 fans) and 100 lucky fans will win a Dontrelle Willis autographed World Baseball Classic Jersey

Autograph Sessions: Fans are encouraged to attend the pregame autograph session for the first 200 Kids 12 and under at section 124 and Marlins Mermaids Autograph Session at Gate H Bar from the middle of the fifth inning to the top of the sixth.

National Anthem: Stacy Schwartz will perform the National Anthem.

CBS4 for $54: Fans will have the opportunity to take advantage of a special ticket promotion from CBS4 and the Marlins. Starting at just $54, fans will receive four game tickets, four hot dogs, four small soft drinks and a game-used baseball.

This package is available at the Dolphin Stadium Box Office, the Marlins en Miami Store in Coral Gables or at www.floridamarlins.com.

Jackie Robinson Day: A league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson, featuring a pregame on-field ceremony and first pitch. The Jackie Robinson Foundation strives to assure that the legacy of Jackie Robinson's activism and commitment to social justice will be carried forth in the personal, community and institutional lives of Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars as they assume leadership roles throughout society. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported more than 1,100 scholarship recipients. Currently, there are 266 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars attending 93 colleges and universities in 33 states across the country.

Youth Baseball League Night: Each of the following leagues is proud participant of the Marlins Youth Baseball & Softball Program. The four leagues purchased more than 3,000 tickets combined for the game Those leagues are: City of Hialeah PONY; Cooper City Optimist; Fletcher Park Softball; Palm Springs North Athletic Association are all participating in the Marlins Youth Baseball & Softball Program. Prior to the game there will be a parade around the warning track honoring each of the leagues.

Boy & Girl Scout Night: All Boy & Girl Scouts from Broward & Dade Counties are invited to attend the Marlins game. More than 750 tickets have been sold for this event with each Scout receiving a 2006 Scout Night patch for their uniform.

Batter's Box Saturday Night Silent Auction: The auction features one special silent auction item. Bidding starts at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with the last out of the third inning. The winner will be notified directly or called on their cell phone. Proceeds benefit the Florida Marlins Community Foundation's Cornerstones for Kids programs

Saturday Night Raffle: Saturday's raffle features three autographed items and starts when the gates open at 4:30 a.m. at the following sections: Gate G lobby, 138, 149, 156, 242 and 449. Be sure to purchase tickets from our volunteers before the first pitch at 6 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Check out our incentives for purchasing multiple tickets. Winners are announced in the middle of the third inning. Claim your prize at the HouseWall Garage System Community Corner, Section 149.

Fiesta Latina: Features live Latin music and entertainment at the Gate H plaza from 4-6 p.m. Salsa Casino Dance studios will be providing free salsa lessons during Fiesta Latina every Saturday. Anheuser Bush, BJ's, Coke, and Leon Medical will be part of the celebration.

Pregame Radio Stations: 560 WQAM at Gate G (live broadcast), WQBA 1140 AM at Gate H (live broadcast), La Kalle 98.3 at Gate H.

 

Sunday, April 16 (1:05 p.m.)

Opponent: Washington Nationals

Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA (subject to change)

Broadcasts: No TV, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

Giveaway(s): Marlins Flag (first 10,000 fans) presented by Benihana and MatchUp Promotions

MetroPCS BallPark Buddies: MetroPCS is the proud sponsor of Sunday's Baseball Buddies. Prior to each Marlins Sunday home game, a little league team will have the opportunity to take the field with the Marlins for the National Anthem.

National Anthem: Lt. Roman Bas will perform the National Anthem.

Al's Florist: The first 3,000 women in attendance will receive a carnation courtesy of Al's Florist, as part of the Easter celebration.

Clubhouse Kids: Back for the tenth season, Clubhouse Kids is for kids 52-inches and shorter. Look for this activity at section 138 at every Sunday home game, 11:30-12:15 p.m. Danielle Monday serves as the MC for this popular activity. There will be a special visit from uniformed, emergency personnel who will ask the children questions about safety. Every participant receives a prize and there are raffle gifts for the parents.

Doctors Hospital Family Sunday: Includes: Snapshot Sunday at section 130 pre-game for the first 100 fans; Family Funzone at section 130 will be open pre-game through the seventh inning; Dominando con los Marlins will be at the Gate H bar pregame starting at 11:30 a.m.; Diamond Dash (kids run the bases) post-game on the field.

Special Olympics Awareness Weekend: The Florida Marlins will recognize members of local law enforcement departments, including Broward Sheriff's Office and Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue. This is an opportunity for the residents of South Florida to say thank you to the people serving and protecting our community. Also, to increase awareness and help educate the community, the participating departments will bring their emergency response vehicles out to Dolphin Stadium prior to the Sunday, April 16 game for display in front of the main gate. A law enforcement professional will perform the national anthem while the MDFR & BSO Honor Guard is on hand. Emergency Response personnel will also be on hand to visit with children during ClubHouse Kids, held in section 138.

Pregame Radio Stations: WQBA 1140AM at Gate H Bar, 560 WQAM at Gate G (live broadcast), Amor 107 at Gate G West, 790 The Ticket at Gate H.

 

General Information

Budweiser/ 7-Eleven Ticket Offer: Present coupon to receive outfield reserved seating for $7, or terrace box seating for $11. Offer is good at the stadium box office or Marlins en Miami store on select seating areas for any game Sunday through Thursday - excluding Opening Day. Must be 21 years of age or older. Maximum of one discount per patron.

 

Coke/Sedano's Ticket Offer: Present coupon to receive two free tickets when you purchase two tickets at the regular adult price. Offer is good at the stadium box office or Marlins en Miami store on select areas of infield box and terrace box areas for any game Sunday through Thursday. Excludes Opening Day and games after 5/31/06. Maximum of one discount per patron. Offer and seating is subject to availability.

 

Celebration Club: Do you want to send a message during the game? Call 305-623-6497 to put a Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, or other special message on the Matrix Board during the sixth inning. One lucky fan will be featured as the Al's Florist and Gifts "Catch of the Day." Gift bags and roses are also available for pick-up at the BankAtlantic Community Corner. Marriage proposals and gift bag deliveries by Billy the Marlin can be arranged for an additional fee. Community Hotline: Fans may receive information about donations, the Speakers Bureau, Ballpark Buddies, the Florida Marlins Community Foundation and scoreboard announcements by calling 305.626.7470.

 

Friday's BallPark Buddies: ARL, Cleartel Communications, Publix are proud to provide kids with a significant amount of tickets to charitable organizations to be selected by the Marlins Community Affairs Department, during all Friday Marlins' regular season home games. Herald's Two for Tuesday Ticket Offer: Marlins fans are encouraged to look in Tuesday's edition of The Miami Herald or El Nuevo Herald for the "Two for Tuesday" two-for-one ticket offer. Discount on Terrace Box seating only. No limit on number of tickets. Offer not valid on Opening Day.

 

HouseWall Garage Systems Community Corner: The BankAtlantic Community Corner consists of two kiosks at section 149 - one for the Florida Marlins Community Foundation and one for the Community Affairs Department. This area is sponsored by BankAtlantic and is the headquarters for the Florida Marlins community programs. The Florida Marlins Community Foundation kiosk is staffed at every home game until the bottom of the third inning. Check out the nightly auction item, Cornerstones for Kids armbands, old media guides, Marlins Masterpieces card sets and 2005 player card sets. Special raffles are held on Sunday and one game during the week.

 

Mardi Gras Mondays: Fans can receive half-off all Club Level tickets to any Monday home game with their Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center Charter Club Card. Good at the stadium box office or Marline en Miami Store. No limit on number of tickets.

 

Marlins Family Funzone: Interactive games like the Big League Batting Cage at section 103 and Speed Pitch Interactive at section 153 will be available to all fans during this homestand.

 

Marlins Fan Headquarters: Located at section 149, fans can address questions and comments as well as obtain information about group and season tickets, spin the Marlins Prize Wheel for a free Marlins prize, sign up for the Marlins Fan Club, and become part of the Doctors Hospital Billy's Bunch.

 

Marlins Radio Network: All 162 regular season games will be broadcast on WQAM 560 AM and the Marlins Radio Network in English and on WQBA 1140 AM in Spanish. The Marlins Radio Network consists of: WBGF 93.5 FM in Belle Glade, WELE 1380 AM in Daytona Beach, WEFL 760 AM in West Palm Beach, WFFG 1330 AM in Marathon, WKWF 1600 AM in Key West, WSTU 1450 AM in Stuart, WWCN 770 AM Fort Myers/Naples.

 

Parking & Gate Opening: Parking lots at Dolphin Stadium will open two hours prior to game time, and stadium gates will open one and a half hour prior to the game.

 

Publix Power Alley Ticket Offer: Marlins fans who purchase select featured products from participating Publix grocery stores can show their proof of purchase (register receipt) at the stadium's box office or Marlins en Miami store and receive a buy-one-get-one-free Club C ticket in the Publix Power Alley. Featured products include: Gatorade, Oberto Beef Jerky, Quaker Chewy bars, Quaker Crunchy Bars, Rice-a-Roni, Tropicana, Twister, Zephyrphills/Nestle Waters and Edy's Ice Cream. Present your Publix receipt for proof of purchase. No limit on number tickets. Offer is good for all regular season home games excluding Opening Day, May 28 and July 2.

 

Weekend BallPark Buddies: Amerigroup Allstars, BellSouth Pen Pals, HCA HealthCare Heroes, New Era Ballpark Buddies and Staples are proud to provide a generous amount of tickets, T-shirts and other baseball gear to charitable organizations to be selected by the Marlins Community Affairs Department, during all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Marlins' home games throughout the season. Marlins fans should also be advised that due to current renovations at Dolphin Stadium, the only operational Will Call window we will located at Gate F on game days, and will open two hours prior to game time. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets until two hours prior to game time will be directed to the lobby of gate G. As of two hours of game time, advance sales window at gate F and H will be open. The media will call window will continue to operate at Gate H throughout the season. The Florida Marlins apologize in advance for any inconveniences which may occur.

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