*The RedHawks open an eight-game homestand Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark against Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate, followed by a four-game series (April 16-19) against Round Rock, the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate.
*The pitching matchup for the home opener has OKC left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, a former eighth-round pick by the Braves, against the Redbirds' Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' top pitching prospect out of Texas A&M. Wacha was selected 19th overall in last year's draft.
Wacha throws a 94 mph fastball complemented by an outstanding change-up. Wacha struck out 40 hitters in 21 innings with a 0.84 ERA in 11 starts last season after signing for $1.9 million last July.
*Oklahoma City opened the season on an eight-game road trip, going 5-2. The finale Thursday night in Nashville was rained out. It was the team's first winning road trip to open a season in nine years.
*Through seven games, RedHawks second baseman Jake Elmore is hitting .444 with six runs. Right fielder Jimmy Parades is hitting .385 with a homer and four RBIs. Third baseman Brandon Laird has a homer and nine RBIs. Left fielder Trevor Crowe has a homer and six RBIs.
Opening Night festivities
When: 7:05 p.m. Friday
Where: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Pregame: OKC Mayor Mick Cornett will throw out the first pitch. ... RedHawks mascots Cooper and Ruby will be driven onto the field in a classic 1960s Corvette. ... Roderick Porter of Del City, named the grand prize winner of The Oklahoman's national anthem tryouts, will perform the Star Spangled Banner. After the anthem, pilots from the Tulsa WarBirds will fly a fighter jet over the ballpark.
Post-game: Fireworks show (every Friday)
Tickets: Prices begin at $7. It's also Sonic Friends & Family night. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hats and four Sonic combo meals for $29 total. Tickets can be purchased at the RedHawks ticket office, by calling (405) 218-1000 or by visiting okcredhawks.com