Opener at a glance

April 01, 1997

Game facts

Gates open: Noon

Taking the field: Orioles batting practice, 12:35 p.m.; Royals batting practice, 1:45 p.m.; Orioles infield practice, 2:25 p.m.; Royals infield practice, 2:35 p.m.

Pre-game ceremonies: 2:45 p.m.

National anthem: Performed at approximately 2:55 p.m. by opera singer Chris Merritt, accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony brass section.

Ceremonial first pitch: Approximately 2:55 p.m. by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Tickets: Sold out.

Promotion: Everyone at the game receives a pennant that says "Go Orioles."

Weather: Mostly sunny, windy (30 to 35 mph) and cool. Highs in the upper 40s.

TV: Channel 13, 3 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

Projected lineups

Royals

Jose Offerman

2B

Jay Bell

SS

Bip Roberts

LF

Jeff King

1B

Joe Vitiello

DH

Jermaine Dye

RF

Mike Macfarlane

C

Craig Paquette

3B

Tom Goodwin

CF

Kevin Appier

P

Orioles

Tony Tarasco

DH

Mike Bordick

SS

Rafael Palmeiro

1B

Eric Davis

RF

B.J. Surhoff

LF

Cal Ripken

3B

Jeffrey Hammonds

CF

Chris Hoiles

C

Jeff Reboulet

2B

Jimmy Key

P

Inside

Anderson watch: A decision on playing or disabling sore-ribbed center fielder Brady Anderson will be made before today's game. [Page 2e]

Contract impasse: The Orioles fail to reach agreement with Mike Mussina, Brady Anderson and Cal Ripken by today's deadline. [Page 2e]

The best route: With a limited number of parking spaces available, fans going to today's opener would be better off taking mass transit. [Page 3e]

Turnaround in K.C.: A series of smart moves may have turned the Royals from a non-factor in 1996 into a wild-card contender in 1997. [Page 5e]

Names and numbers: Scouting report on the series, rosters and final spring training statistics. [Page 6e]

Heating up: Baseball avoids Opening Day snowouts by playing in all five domes and in every West Coast city. [Page 13e]

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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