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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Opening Day ceremonies start at 1 Friday

By ESPNBoston.com

The Red Sox will open their home season on Friday with special ceremonies celebrating their 2013 World Series championship as well as a solemn salute to the two firefighters killed last week in a blaze on Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay.

Opening Day festivities begin at 1 p.m. ET, with Boston's game against the Milwaukee Brewers scheduled to begin at 2:05.

The pregame ceremonies will be highlighted by the presentation of World Series rings to players and team personnel, a helicopter flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the ceremonial first pitch, as members of the military from Hanscom Air Force Base in nearby Bedford, Mass., line the length of the Green Monster.

The Dropkick Murphys and members of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are scheduled to perform.

In addition, there will be a moment of silence in tribute to Lt. Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who both died in the nine-alarm fire a mile-and-a-half from Fenway Park.

The firefighters were from the station on Boylston Street that protects the ballpark.

To mark the team's 2013 championship, players will wear gold-trimmed Red Sox jerseys with gold stitching around the World Series championship patch on the left sleeve, and around the letters and numbers on the front and back of the jersey.

The Fenway Park gates will open at 11:35 a.m. ET, 2 hours before the first pitch (one hour earlier than usual).