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Mariners to usher in home slate vs. Angels

OAKLAND -- Only scattered single tickets remain for Tuesday's home opener at Safeco Field when the Mariners face the Angels at 7:10 p.m. PT.

The game kicks off a five-game homestand, with the Angels in Seattle on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a three-game set with the A's on Friday through Sunday.

The Mariners will salute the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks on Tuesday as part of their Opening Night ceremonies at Safeco Field, with quarterback Russell Wilson among multiple players who will be part of a pregame presentation and the ceremonial first pitch.

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and teammates Jermaine Kearse, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner will also be among the Seahawks taking part.

Opening Night festivities will begin at 4:40 p.m. PT, when the gates of Safeco Field will open to the general public with a countdown at the Home Plate Gate with broadcasters Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith. All fans on Tuesday will receive a 2014 Mariners magnetic schedule.

Pregame ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. PT and will include the ceremonial first run around the bases by a Make-A-Wish child, with Avinash Day, a 10-year-old from Tacoma doing this year's honors. Day has a diagnosis of familial polyposis, a life-threatening medical condition.

The national anthem will be performed by Navy Band Northwest, and the flags will be presented by the Lakewood Police Department and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord I Corps Command Honor Guard.

New Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will be presented with the Silver Slugger Award he earned last year with the Yankees, and former Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez, now playing for the Angels, will be recognized for his 2013 Hutch Award.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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