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Rays Announce 2021 Regular Season Schedule

July 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have released their 2021 regular-season schedule, which opens with a six-game road trip against the Miami Marlins (April 1-3) and Boston Red Sox (April 5-7). All 30 major league clubs released their 2021 schedules today. The Rays schedule is subject to change and game

Rays Announce Modified 2020 Regular-Season Schedule

July 6, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Major League Baseball has released 2020 regular season schedules for all 30 major league clubs, following the abbreviated 60-game format that MLB first announced on June 23. The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Toronto Blue Jays for Opening Day on Friday, July 24, marking the 11th consecutive

Rays sign first-round Draft pick Nick Bitsko

June 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko, the No. 24 overall selection from the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bitsko, 18, went a combined 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA (33-IP, 6-ER) and 68 strikeouts over his freshman and sophomore high school seasons, and

Rays select right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko (No. 24) in first round of 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft

June 10, 2020

The Tampa Bay Rays have selected right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko from Central Bucks East (Penn.) High School with the No. 24 pick in the first round of the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bitsko, 17, went a combined 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA (33-IP, 6-ER) and 68 strikeouts

Statement from the Rays and Rowdies

June 2, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, we have engaged in conversations with community leaders and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Rays and Rowdies are issuing the following statement: Our country is mourning the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud

Rays and Suncoast Credit Union launch 13th season of Reading with the Rays

May 5, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays and Suncoast Credit Union have launched the 13th season of Reading with the Rays—Read Your Way to the Ballpark, an incentive-based reading program that encourages Pre-K to 12th grade students to read for 24 hours to avoid summer learning loss. Typically a

Rays now accepting applications for COVID-19 Relief Grant

Community Partnership Grant and Community Fund Grant Recipients Announced
April 16, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund has established the COVID-19 Relief Grant program, which is now accepting applications. Additionally, the Rays Baseball Foundation has announced recipients for its Community Partnership Grants and Community Fund Grants. The Rays Baseball Foundation

Rays and Rowdies donate 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay, commit to match 1.5 million more in response to COVID-19 crisis

April 2, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are donating up to 2.5 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need during the current COVID-19 crisis. The donation, made from the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund, kicks off the Rays and Rowdies virtual

Rays establish $1 million fund for gameday employees

March 17, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays are establishing a fund of at least $1 million for Tropicana Field gameday staff impacted by the postponement of the Major League Baseball schedule due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all 30 clubs would

Statement from the Tampa Bay Rays

March 12, 2020

Today, Major League Baseball announced the suspension of the remainder of Spring Training and the delay of the 2020 regular season. The health and safety of our staff, players, fans and the entire Tampa Bay community is of the utmost importance to us, and we fully support this decision. The

Rays host Twins wives in third annual charity softball game

Benefiting Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay
February 27, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—Following the Minnesota Twins-Tampa Bay Rays spring training game on Sunday, March 1 at Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays Wives will participate in the third annual charity softball game against the Twins Wives. The game will take place on the main stadium field approximately 30 minutes after the

Rays announce new ticket packs for the 2020 season

February 19, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have announced three new ticket packs for the Rays 2020 season. All three ticket packs will be available for purchase starting Monday, February 24 at 10 a.m. in the MLB Ballpark app and at RaysBaseball.com/ticketpacks. Ballpark Pass—A flexible and affordable new way for fans

Rays single-game tickets on sale this week

MLB Ballpark app to be the one-stop shop for tickets and fan experience at Tropicana Field
February 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays today announced single-game tickets for the Rays 2020 season will go on sale this week according to the following schedule: Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m.—Single-game tickets go on sale to the general public in the MLB Ballpark app and RaysBaseball.com. Find

Statement from the Tampa Bay Rays

February 10, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In response to the Tampa Bay Rays meeting with officials from the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County this afternoon, the Rays have issued the following statement: “Today, we took a meaningful step toward securing the future of Rays baseball in Tampa Bay beyond 2027. We

Rays acquire Margot, Driscoll from Padres for Pagán

February 8, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Manuel Margot and minor league catcher/outfielder Logan Driscoll from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagán. Margot (MAHR-go), 25, hit .234/.304/.387 (93-for-398) with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 151 games (98 starts,

Rays announce 2020 promotional schedule

Six player bobbleheads form 2020 collectible bobblehead series
February 4, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have released the promotional schedule for the 2020 season, which features 22 unique items. This year’s promotional schedule includes six player bobbleheads that form the 2020 Collectible Bobblehead Series, seven kids giveaways, five items exclusively for Rays Rookies Kids Club members and two theme-ticket

Statement From Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg

February 3, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg has issued the following statement after the Houston Astros’ hiring of James Click: “We wish James and his family well, and we thank him for his 15 years of great work with our organization. The departure of another talented, senior Rays executive is

Rays announce 2020 Fan Fest details

Autograph passes are sold out
February 3, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The 2020 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest, scheduled for Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tropicana Field, will feature over 65 current and former major league players and coaches at various stations throughout the day along with Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty. Rays

Rays announce additional invites to Spring Training

February 3, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Dylan Covey and John Curtiss on minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. In addition, the Rays have agreed to terms on a minor league contract, without a non-roster invite, with outfielder

Free tickets for Rays Fan Fest now available on the Ballpark app

January 28, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays today announced additional details for the annual Fan Fest event scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at Tropicana Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Fan Fest will again be held on the field and include the Charity Yard Sale and

Rays name Minor League coaching staffs for 2020

Announce promotions and new hires within baseball operations
January 27, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have named the minor league on-field coaching and medical staffs for the 2020 season. Below are the organizational changes and new hires for minor league coordinator roles: • Field coordinator Alejandro Freire, spent last season as a coach of Short-A Hudson Valley; • Hitting

Rays announce Spring Training ticket information

Single-Game Tickets Go on Sale this Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m.
January 14, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays today announced ticket information for spring training home games at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays 2020 spring training season is presented by Visit Tampa Bay. Single-game tickets go on sale this Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m., exclusively through RaysBaseball.com. Single-game tickets will be

Rays Announce Five Invites To Spring Training

January 13, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with the following players on minor league contracts with an invitation to major league spring training: catchers Chris Herrmann and Kevan Smith, outfielder Ryan LaMarre, right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers and left-handed pitcher D.J. Snelten. In addition, the Rays have agreed

Rays agree to terms with five players for 2020

January 10, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms for the 2020 season with all five of their arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake, right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe, outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infielder Daniel Robertson. Drake, 32, was a non-roster invite to spring training last

Rays complete three-player trade with Astros

January 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Peyton Battenfield and minor league outfielder Cal Stevenson from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt. Battenfield, 22, was selected by the Astros in the ninth round of the 2019 June Draft out of Oklahoma