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New promotions added for Marauders fans

New promotions added for Marauders fans

BRADENTON, FL - The Bradenton Marauders have added two blockbuster promotions to their final homestands of the 2011 season, with fireworks September 2 and another big Buyout Night August 29.

The new fireworks show is the fourth of the year at McKechnie Field. Fan Appreciation Night is September 2 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs and presented by Hope Family Services. The night is dedicated to giving thanks to the Marauders fan base with promotions that include a broken bat giveaway. First pitch is 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.

The newest Buyout Night is Monday August 29 against the St. Lucie Mets. Fans will be able to pickup complimentary tickets to the game, courtesy of Budweiser, at the Marauders box office. The last Buyout Night on August 8th drew more than 5,000 fans to McKechnie Field.

Join in the walk againt Performance Enhancing Drugs

Join in the walk againt Performance Enhancing Drugs

Bradenton, Florida -- In response to the rising problem of Performance Enhancing Drugs in sports, the King Middle School Health Occupations Students of American (HOSA) club is hosting the 'Walk against PEDs' in GT Bray Park on Saturday, September 10.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and is aimed at warning young people against the dangers of cheating, compromising their health, and making poor ethical decisions to gain a perceived competitive "edge."

Athletes at all levels can fall victim to these drugs, and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is working to correct the problem early through education in  young students across the country.

Marauders offer chance to dig up field, win a TV

Marauders offer chance to dig up field, win a TV

BRADENTON, Florida--Ever wanted to dig up a baseball field?

Probably not.

But have you ever wanted to win a free TV?

Both are possible at Thursday night's Bradenton Marauders game.

Bradenton Marauders to battle breast cancer

Bradenton Marauders to battle breast cancer

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- The Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will host a "Get Your Pink On" promotion at their home game on August 6th, as a way to take on breast cancer.

Pink player jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

The Saturday game against Jupiter starts at 7 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

Win $2,000 engagement ring at Bradenton baseball game

Win $2,000 engagement ring at Bradenton baseball game

BRADENTON, Florida-- Brides-to-be and baseball are set to mix on Sunday at McKechnie Field.

The Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are hosting a "Brides & Baseball" promotion.

For $10, you get into the game, can participate in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $2,000 engagement ring, and have the opportunity to win other prizes from bridal vendors.

NFL rookie seminar moved to Bradenton

NFL rookie seminar moved to Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The NFL Players Association has moved its two-day educational program for rookies from Washington to Bradenton.

The seminar will take place June 28-29 at the IMG Academies.

One week after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the owners' lockout of the players, the NFLPA announced "The Business of Football, Rookie Edition." All 254 drafted rookies are invited.

The forum will cover financial education and planning; proper behavior on and off the field; dealing with media; and other information to prepare rookies for a future in the NFL.

Rays draft Palmetto HS star in 2nd Round

Rays draft Palmetto HS star in 2nd Round

Palmetto, FL -- The Tampa Bay Rays didn't have to look far to find the 75th overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

On Tuesday, the team selected Granden Goetzman of Palmetto High School in the 2nd Round.

The 6'4" 200 lb. senior is projected to be an outfielder in the Rays organization.

Goetzman has committed to play college baseball at Florida Gulf Coast University, so he'll have to decide between that and signing a professional contract.