Rays Open Six-game Homestand on Tuesday Following West Coast Swing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, May 20 to open a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics (May 20-22) before taking on the Boston Red Sox (May 23-25) in a weekend set.  

The Rays and A's open their series on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:10 p.m. Prior to the game, commanding officer Ken Anderson of the United States Navy's guided-missile frigate USS Simpson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as a part of Navy Appreciation Night.

Before Wednesday night's 7:10 p.m. game against the A's, AVP pro beach volleyball tour standout Nick Lucena will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. A Florida native and Florida State University alumni, Lucena will play in the AVP St. Petersburg Open from May 29 through June 1 at Spa Beach Park.

The Rays and A's close out the series on Thursday with a 4:10 p.m. game.

The Rays host the Red Sox to Tropicana Field for the first time this season on Friday, May 23 at 7:10 p.m.

Fans can purchase a Tampa Bay Times Ticket Tandem for Friday's game to receive a special limited edition Alex Cobb military-themed bobblehead. A Ticket Tandem includes a ticket to Friday's game plus the bobblehead, which is only available through this offer. This package may not be combined with any other offer. For Ticket Tandem details, visit raysbaseball.com/tandems.

Prior to Saturday's 4:10 p.m. game, the Rays Wives will host a Spring Cleaning Drive to benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The Rays Wives and Pet Pal staff members will be on hand collecting the donations from 2-5 p.m. Donators should look for two Pet Pal vans and a Rays tent located in Lot 7 outside of the Gate 1 rotunda. For a list of suggested items and for more information, visit raysbaseball.com/petdrive.

Sunday's 1:40 p.m. game against the Red Sox is also Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Day. When gates open, kids 14 and under will receive a pair of David Price and Astro Dog Tags, presented by the Tampa Bay Times, while supplies last.

Also on Sunday, the Rays are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive. Fans are invited to donate new and used equipment, which will benefit Buddy Baseball, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs in the Tampa Bay area. In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to Buddy Baseball for the purchase of new equipment.

During this homestand, the Rays are set to host three special event nights including Irish Heritage Night (May 23), Volleyball Night (May 23) and Salute to Veterans (May 25). For more information and to purchase a special event ticket, visit raysbaseball.com/specialevents.

TAMPA BAY TIMES FAMILY FUN DAY-Every Rays Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of free activities for kids on the concourse, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times. Postgame Sunday will also feature Kids Run the Bases and the DJ Kitty Kids Party.

TICKETS-Tickets for Rays 2014 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.

Key Dates





May 23, 2014 vs. BOS

7:10 p.m.

  • Alex Cobb Military Bobblehead

Tampa Bay Times

With Ticket Tandem purchase

May 25, 2014 vs. BOS

1:40 p.m.

  • David Price & Astro Dog Tags

Tampa Bay Times

Kids 14 & under (while supplies last)