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Rangers begin ten-game homestand on Monday

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers begin a 10-game homestand on Monday, August 20.  The homestand features series with the Baltimore Orioles (3 games), Minnesota Twins (4 games), and Tampa Bay Rays (3 games).

Good seats remain for the entire homestand, including 6,500 on Friday and 8,000 on Saturday for games against Minnesota.  Saturday features a Ron Washington Bobblehead giveaway sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank for the first 30,000 fans.  Verizon Wireless Fireworks Friday will once again follow that night’s game with the Twins.

The homestand includes a pair of Wednesday games each of the next two weeks, both of which will feature Dr Pepper Autograph opportunities as well as Dollar Hot Dog Night.

Baltimore makes their first and only appearance of the season during the three-game series from Monday, August 20 through Wednesday, August 22 to begin the homestand.  Tampa Bay is the opponent for the homestand’s final three games from Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29. The Rays have been the Rangers’ opponent in the American League Division Series each of the past two years.

Tuesday, August 28 will be Japan America Friendship Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington with several hundred participants in the Japan-American Grassroots Summit expected to be in attendance.  The event is being organized by the Rangers with the assistance of several local Japanese organizations.  The 2012 Japan-America Grassroots Summit will take place in North Texas from August 28-September 3. 

A youth baseball team from the Japan city of Ishinomaki will be the Rangers’ guest on August 28 as part of the TOMODACHI Initiative. The city is located in the Tohoku region of Japan which was heavily damaged by the March 2011 tsunami. Led by the United States Government and the U.S.-Japan Council, TOMODACHI is a public-private initiative that support’s Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties.

Funding for the baseball team trip, which is being organized by the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange (CIE) in Japan, is being provided by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, and gloops, Inc., which is also an official corporate partner of the Rangers. The Ishinomaki team will also participate in a variety of other education and baseball activities during their week-long stay in North Texas.

Game-by-game highlights of the homestand: 

Monday, August 20, 2012 – vs. Baltimore Orioles– 7:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • Ron Washington to be presented with Sam Lacy Award
  • Game ball delivery by former catcher and utility man Dave Roberts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – vs. Baltimore Orioles – 7:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • State Farm Go to Bat presentation for Kenna’s Kids
  • Game ball delivery by former outfielder Kevin Belcher

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles – 7:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • Dr Pepper Autograph Wednesday (13 and under)
  • National anthem by the Bart Crow Band
  • Dollar Hot Dog Wednesday
  • Game ball delivery by former team trainer Bill Zeigler

Thursday, August 23, 2012 vs. Minnesota Twins– 7:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • Veterans to Work house presentation
  • Game ball delivery by former pitcher Keith Creel

Friday, August 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota Twins– 7:05 p.m. – TXA21

  • Verizon Wireless Fireworks Friday with $10 cash parking. Postgame fireworks will  feature “Sing-A-Long” music
  • Teacher Appreciation Night
  • Game ball delivery by former right fielder Ellis Valentine
  • Longhorn Bombers post-game home run derby

Saturday, August 25, 2012 vs. Minnesota Twins– 3:05 p.m. – FOX (Gates open at 1:00 p.m.)

  • Ron Washington Bobblehead sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank (first 30,000)
  • State Farm Go To Bat presentation for Creative Arts and Theater School in Arlington
  • Game ball delivery by former third baseman and shortstop Dave Chalk

Sunday, August 26, 2012 – vs. Minnesota Twins – 2:05 p.m. – FSSW (Gates open at NOON)

  • Jr. Rangers Parade
  • Southwest Airlines Faces of Freedom presentation
  • Blue Bell $1 Ice Cream Sunday (13 and under)
  • Game ball delivery by former pitcher Reggie Cleveland
  • God Bless America by SGT Darby Ledbetter of the Texas Army National Guard

Monday, August 27, 2012 – vs. Tampa Bay Rays– 7:05 p.m. –FSSW /ESPN

  • Ceremonial first pitch by Tokyo Tahei representative
  • Game ball delivery by former pitcher Mike Bacsik Sr.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – vs. Tampa Bay Rays– 7:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • Japanese Little League Team to be honored by gloops Inc. and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
  • Game ball delivery by former head athletic trainer Danny Wheat

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays– 6:05 p.m. –FSSW

  • National anthem by Christa Dallas
  • Dollar Hot Dog Wednesday
  • Dr Pepper Autograph Wednesday (13 and under)
  • Game ball delivery by former Texas Rangers general manager Eddie Robinson
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