Markakis' foundation selling T-shirts
Proceeds to benefit children throughout Maryland
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Right Side Foundation, created by Nick and Christina Markakis, is selling limited edition Under Armour Tech T's featuring The Right Side Foundation logo on the front and "Markakis 21" on the back.
The shirts can be purchased before the Orioles' home opener Friday at Camden Yards, with proceeds benefiting The Right Side Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. Fans can also purchase the shirts at the Sports Legends Museum store located adjacent to Oriole Park Will Call. The cost is $24.99 each.
The mission of The Right Side Foundation is to help improve the lives of distressed children throughout Maryland. The shirts are available online at the Sports Legends Museum website.
Opening Day roster reveals youth movement
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tuesday's game marked the first Major League Opening Day for Orioles pitchers Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez, catchers Matt Wieters and Craig Tatum and outfielder Nolan Reimold. Oddly enough, all seven already made their respective big league debuts in 2009.
"It says a lot about the direction the organization is going," manager Dave Trembley said of this year's 25-man roster, which has just 11 returnees from '09's season opener.
"It's a new page and a new direction for the franchise. It's going to be guys that come up through the system. It's going to be guys that all play together and come up together and move up together and have long careers together. I think it's the way to go and the only way you can be successful."
Wieters was the lone player in Tuesday's starting lineup, but Matusz, Bergesen and Hernandez will each make their respective season debuts on the mound starting Thursday.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.