Rays homestand features two AL East opponents and the start of Interleague play

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- The Tampa Bay Rays begin an eight-game homestand on Wednesday, May 16, when they open a two-game series (May 16-17) against their American League East rival Boston Red Sox; followed by the start of interleague play with a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves (May 18-20); and three games versus the Toronto Blue Jays (May 21-23).

Following an eight-game road trip, this homestand continues a stretch of 16 out of 19 games against American League East opponents.  Coming into tonight's game against the Blue Jays, the Rays are 8-8 (.500) vs. AL East teams this season.  The eight-game homestand is split by the Rays first interleague series of the year against the Braves.  The Rays are 6-15 (.286) all-time against the Braves and 3-9 (.250) at home.  The Rays are 118-132 (.472) all-time against the National League, but are 16 games over .500 under manager Joe Maddon (62-46), 8th-best record in the majors since 2006.

On Sunday, May 20, the Rays will recognize Lori Fraser of St. Petersburg as their Honorary Bat Girl.  Fraser will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and four tickets to the game.  She was selected by a guest judging panel that includes MLB players and celebrities in addition to fan votes cast on HonoraryBatGirl.com.  Lori is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed on May 14, 2010 as well as a diehard Rays fan.

The homestand will feature three unique giveaways.  On Friday, May 18, the first 10,000 fans will receive a free B.J. Upton collectible T-shirt presented by the Tampa Bay Times.  Collectible T-shirts will be distributed throughout the season on Free Shirt Friday which is part of Friday Fest presented by Captain Morgan.  Also on Friday, the first 10,000 fans, age 21 or older, will be given a Captain Morgan rally towel. On Sunday, May 20, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Kyle Farnsworth bobblehead presented by ADVANTICA.

TAMPA BAY TIMES FAMILY FUN DAY (every Sunday home game) - Bring the whole family out to Tropicana Field and enjoy family-friendly activities and a chance to run the bases after the game presented by Find the Fun Now.  On Sunday, May 20, Family Fun Day highlights "Field of Wheels," giving kids the opportunity to see an array of different vehicles.  Vehicles include police; fire and rescue; horse and carriage; motorcycles; and other forms of transportation.  There will be no Wiffle Ball on Sunday, May 20.  Family Fun Day tickets start at $30 and include a hot dog, Pepsi and snack (subject to availability).  Visit raysbaseball.com for details.  Ticket prices increase $3 five hours prior to each game and are subject to change at the Rays discretion.  Special promotional giveaways are given to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under in attendance.

TICKETS - Tickets for Rays 2012 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.

GATES OPEN - Monday through Thursday 1½ hours prior to game time; Friday through Sunday two hours prior to game time.

GAME TIMES - All game times are 7:10 p.m. with exception of Saturday, May 19 (4:10 p.m.), Sunday, May 20 (1:40 p.m.) and Wednesday, May 23 (1:10 p.m.).

Key Dates Time Promotion Sponsor Quantity
Friday, May 18 vs. ATL 7:10 p.m. B.J. Upton Collectible T-shirt Tampa Bay Times First 10,000 fans
    Captain Morgan Rally Towel Captain Morgan First 10,000 fans, 21+
    Friday Fest Captain Morgan  
Sunday, May 20 vs. ATL 1:40 p.m. Kyle Farnsworth Bobblehead ADVANTICA First 10,000 kids, 14 & under