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Fresno Grizzlies start season on the road. But the home opener is a big taco spectacular

Opening Day 2017 for Fresno Grizzlies marked franchise’s 20th anniversary

Opening Day of the 2017 season marked the start of the 20th anniversary for the Fresno Grizzlies franchise.
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Opening Day of the 2017 season marked the start of the 20th anniversary for the Fresno Grizzlies franchise.

The Fresno Grizzlies open the 2018 season on the road with a five-game series in Reno, starting Thursday night.

But when the minor-league baseball team comes home, the opener will be tasty, so to speak.

For one thing, the Grizzlies will take the field April 10 as their popular alter ego, the Fresno Tacos, to face the Tacoma Rainiers.

For another, the first 1,000 fans will get free tacos. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Fans also can tacos for $2 at food trucks and at Oppo Taco on the Chukchansi Park's right-field concourse.

The team will wear “Taco-uila” sunrise uniforms, which debuted at last season’s Taco Truck Throwdown.

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The Fresno Grizzlies begin the 2018 season against host Reno Aces on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The Grizzlies' home opener will be Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and the team will wear the "Tacos" uniforms. The Fresno Bee

Grizzlies fans may have another reason to head out to the game.

Outfielder Kyle Tucker, a first-round draft pick (fifth overall), is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut Thursday against the Reno Aces.

Tucker, 20, is the No. 2 overall prospect for the Houston Astros, the Grizzlies' parent organization. He spent time in Single-A and Double-A last season, combining for 25 home runs, 33 doubles, 46 walks and 21 steals in 464 at-bats.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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