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Marlins announce lottery-like process for Opening Day tickets

       If you wish to attend the Marlins' April 4 opener in their new ballpark without purchasing a season-ticket package, it won't be easy. But, apparently, it won't be impossible.

       Here's how:

       The Marlins announced today that those wishing to purchase single-game tickets for Opening Night can do so by registering online, now through Feb. 20, at marlins.com/openingnight. After the registration window closes, according to a team release, "fans will be selected at random based on available inventory. Selection does not guarantee tickets. Those selected will be notified by February 28."

       Basically, at this point, the Marlins aren't sure what the allotment of Opening Night tickets will be because they're continuing to sell season-ticket packages. The number I was hearing tossed around about a month ago was about 2,000, but the actual number could end up being less than that.

       In addition to Opening Night ticket plans, the Marlins also announced today that tickets to the pair of exhibitions against the New York Yankees -- on April 1 (1:10 p.m.) and April 2 (7:10 p.m.) will go on sale on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to those two games exclusively online through marlins. com.

       Approximately 25,000 tickets will be made available to the April 1 game; 30,000 for the April 2 game.

       As for all other regular-season games, single game tickets will go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m., either through marlins.com or the Marlins Park Ticket Office.