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DUCKS BEGIN 2017 SEASON TONIGHT IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Watch all the Opening Day action live on Facebook, YouTube and LIDucks.com

(Central Islip, N.Y., April 20, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks open the 2017 regular season tonight when they visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in Waldorf, Md. This marks the first of 140 regular season games scheduled for the Ducks, as they being their 18th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Right-hander John Brownell, the Ducks’ all-time leader in wins (46), innings pitched (729.1), strikeouts (571) and games started (109) gets the Opening Day start for a fourth consecutive season. He will be opposed by Blue Crabs righty and five-year Major League veteran Justin De Fratus.

Fans can follow all of the action live on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio will be available, courtesy of BoxCast, on the team’s official Facebook page via Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and on the team’s official website, LIDucks.com. Michael Polak will provide the play-by-play, with the Ducks pre-game show beginning at approximately 6:20.

A pitch-by-pitch account of the game will be available via Pointstreak’s GameLive application. Fans can follow along online by CLICKING HERE or by downloading the Pointstreak mobile app, available for free on Apple and Android devices. Updates will also be available on the Ducks’ official team blog, “Quack of the Bat”, which can be found by CLICKING HERE, and on the team’s official Twitter feed (@LIDucks).

Following a week-long road trip, the Ducks will return home on Friday, April 28 for the 2017 home opener against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Rich Hill Bobbleheads, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for player introductions and traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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