D-backs poised to host first doubleheader

D-backs poised to host first doubleheader

PITTSBURGH -- For the first time in team history, the D-backs will play host to a doubleheader when they take on the Marlins in a day-night twin bill on Aug. 22.

The doubleheader came about because the D-backs were scheduled to play 23 straight games, which is a violation of the Basic Agreement between the owners and the players. Therefore, Major League Baseball allowed them to have an off-day Aug. 23 and move the Marlins game scheduled for that day to Aug. 22.

The first game will start at 12:40 p.m. MST, while the second one will begin at 6:40 p.m. MST.

The D-backs will give away commemorative pins to fans who attend both of the games. Fans attending the first game will receive a voucher and will need to present the voucher when they come through the gates at the start of the second game to receive the limited-edition doubleheader pin.

The doubleheader will be the first in a domed or retractable roof stadium since Sept. 26, 2007, when the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians played a makeup game at Safeco Field from a snow out in Cleveland.

The D-backs will offer fans a Doubleheader Deal which includes a regular hot dog, regular popcorn and regular drink for just $6 at any Doubleheaders concession stand. The team will also offer discounts on merchandise at the Team Shop, including player T-shirts for $19.98 rather than the usual $28. In addition, limited-edition D-backs doubleheader T-shirts will be available in the Team Shop for $25 while supplies last.

Several downtown businesses are offering fans special deals between games. For the most up-to-date deals, visit dbacks.com/doubleheader.

  Both games will be televised by Fox Sports Arizona and heard on KTAR Arizona Sports 620 and ESPN Deportes 710 AM.

Tickets can be purchased online.